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What is the Green Homes Grant Scheme?

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The Green Homes Grant Scheme, which was introduced by the Chancellor back in July, opened for applications on 30 September 2020.

With the grant, the UK Government hopes over 600,000 homes across England will be made more energy efficient. This would be both a step in helping combat climate change and saving households hundreds of pounds per year on energy bills.

David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark, said “Since the withdrawal of LESA (Landlords Energy Saving Allowance), we’ve been calling for a simple grant scheme to help private homeowners and landlords make their properties more energy efficient. This is a big step forward to ensure that they can take the necessary steps to do this and ultimately create a greener property sector in the UK.”

How it works

The scheme is for homeowners and landlords whose properties would benefit from energy-efficient upgrades. It is exclusively for homeowners and landlords in England.

Landlords and homeowners can apply for a grant to fund at least two-thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy performance of their homes, up to a maximum contribution of £5,000.

If there is someone in the household who receives certain benefits, the grant may cover the total cost of the improvements, with a maximum value of £10,000. Landlords are not eligible for low income support.

The tradesperson must be TrustMark-registered, which ensures their services are up to industry standards.

How to apply

You can apply for a grant at GOV.UK.

Before you start, you’ll need to have the following information at hand.

You’ll need the names and dates of birth of the property owner/s and anyone living in the property who is receiving benefits.

You’ll also need a quote for the work from a TrustMark-registered tradesperson, as well as their licence number.

To first seek advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home, you could visit the Simple Energy Advice website to find out what changes may best suit your property.