Green Home Scheme and Sash Window Doctor Ltd.
Further to recent announcement from the government (last updated on 4th August 2020) many will be able to take advantage from the Green Home Scheme and upgrade their properties to more energy efficient!
There are strict accreditation rules for tradespeople involved in the scheme. Tradespeople must be from a TrustMark Registered Business, which the government says will give households confidence that improvements to their homes will be of the highest quality.
Sash Window Doctor Ltd. is already CERTASS registered and vetted business and is now seeking further TrustMark accreditation that should be granted in coming weeks so that our customers will be able to take advantage of the Green Home Scheme.
What will the Green Homes Grant Scheme cover?
The Green Homes Grant will cover various home improvements aimed to improve energy efficiency. These have been split into PRIMARY and SECONDARY measures. In order to qualify for funding, households will need to carry out work coming under at least one of the ‘primary’ categories.
The PRIMARY Categories are:
· insulation (such as loft, cavity wall or under-floor insulation)
· low carbon heating (such as air source heat, ground source heat pump or solar thermal).
Providing that you apply for at least one measure from the primary category, you will also be able to claim for a grant for SECONDARY measures.
The SECONDARY Category Includes:
· double/triple glazing (only where replacing single glazing)
· energy efficient doors (only where replacing doors installed prior to 2002)
· draught proofing
· heating controls and insulation, such as thermostats and smart heating controls.
Please note, vouchers for secondary measures will be capped at the same amount provided in relation to the primary measures For example, if you claim £1,500 for insulation, then you will receive a maximum of £1,500 for double glazing.
Once you have applied, your details will then be forwarded to accredited local suppliers.
Once one of the suppliers has issued a quote, and the requested work has been approved, the government will then issue the voucher.
The government has confirmed that later in August the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) service will help homeowners access advice and support on improving their home's energy efficiency and which measures they could be eligible for.
I want to upgrade my existing double glazed windows, can I apply?
Unfortunately, this will not be covered by the scheme, as the scheme only covers homeowners who currently have single glazed windows.
I want to replace my glazed front door, is this covered?
The Government have confirmed that upgrading to energy efficient doors will be covered by the scheme. This only applies to doors installed before 2002. However, unfortunately we do not currently know any further information so we cannot say what exactly will and won’t be covered if you are looking to upgrade your door.
Once more information is announced by the UK Government this page will be updated.
How to apply for the Green Homes Grant
To obtain a voucher from the Government you will need to complete an online application for a recommended home improvement. You will be matched with a list of approved suppliers in your local area to obtain a quote from. The quote will then need to be approved before the voucher is issued and the Government expect vouchers to start being issued from the end of September.
Please note that the website to submit your application has not yet been published.
When will the Green Homes Grant Scheme start?
The Green Homes Grant Scheme will open for applications on the 1st September 2020 and run until the 31st March 2021.
How Much Can We Claim
This will depend on whether you are classed as being on a low income or not. Low income households, defined as owner-occupied properties who receive certain benefits, will be able to apply for a grant up to £10,000 and are able to use the grant to cover 100% of the cost.
For those who don’t qualify as a low income household, you will be able to apply for a voucher of up to £5,000 and are only able to cover up to two thirds of the cost of the work.
For more information on the criteria for the low income households, visit the link below: