Green Homes Grant
From September 2020, households in Herefordshire are eligible for Government funding towards installing energy efficiency measures.
How the Green Homes Grant works
Most owner-occupied households across England are eligible for a Government grant towards improving the energy efficiency of their home. These grants will be available as long as the funding (£2bn) is available. For many households, the grant will cover the majority — if not all — of the cost of installing these improvements. However, the grant programme is still complicated.
£5,000 or £10,000
Most households will be eligible for £5,000 towards installing energy efficiency measures. This will typically cover about two thirds of the cost of improvements. In other words, you will still need to contribute a third of the cost. However, if yours is a low-income family receiving income-based or disability benefits, you may be eligible for up to £10,000 towards the cost of improvements, and you won’t need to contribute towards the cost yourself.
Is anybody ineligible?
Yes. As with most grant schemes, its important that the funding goes towards those able to make the most use of it.
- If you rent, your landlord will need to apply to the voucher scheme
- If you live in a new-build property, you will not be able to apply to the scheme
What do the Green Homes Grants cover?
Improvements are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures. You must install a ‘primary’ improvement using the grant before you are able to use the funding towards secondary improvements.
- Insulation (cavity wall, solid wall, underfloor, loft, roof etc)
- Low carbon heating (e.g. air source heat pumps), as long as the insulation is already sufficient
- Top-ups to insulation – to increase, not replace existing insulation
- Glazing (double, triple or secondary glazing for your windows – but only if you currently have single-glazing only)
- Energy-efficient doors (to replace those more than 18 years old)
- Heating controls
Importantly, for the secondary measures you’ll only be able to claim up to the grant value of the primary measures. The priority with this grant funding is definitely to promote low carbon heating and well-insulated homes.
How can Keep Herefordshire Warm help?
The Government recommend Herefordshire residents refer to advice from Keep Herefordshire Warm when planning to access grant funding for energy efficiency improvements. In many cases, we are able to listen to your personal circumstances and give you personalised advice on what you should prioritise in your home.
However, at this time, please only contact us if you believe you receive an income-related benefit that would make your household eligible for the £10,000 grant.
Please note that we are primarily a service to support those who are struggling to keep warm at home, so we must prioritise these enquiries.
Please only contact us about the Green Homes Grant if you receive income-related benefits
Always phone for up-to-date funding:
0800 677 1432
Our advice line is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm