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Last updated: 13 March 2024

Green Homes Grant Scheme - What Is It?

Update 1st April 2021- Green Homes Grant is closed:

The Green Homes Grant has closed to new applications on 31st of March 2021 at 5pm. The scheme was previously extended to the end of March 2022. But in a new press release from the government, they announced that the applications will end a year early on the 31st of March 2021.

However, there are other alternative grants available in the UK, to incentivize the transition to green living. Read more about other active government grants in the section below.

The grant scheme launched on the 30th of September and will see homeowners and landlords in England to get vouchers worth up to £10,000 to help carry out renovations to make their homes more energy-efficient.

'From September, homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for vouchers to make their homes more energy-efficient and create local jobs. The grants will cover at least two-thirds of the costs, up to £5,000 per household,' Sunak announced during the briefing.

Households with the lowest income in England can receive a voucher of up to £10,000, covering the full cost of renovations.

The renovations are split up into two categories: primary and secondary measures.

The Green Homes Grant was extended until 31 March 2022 and will receive additional funding of £1bn, according to Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan that was revealed on 18 Nov 2020. But this deadline has since been changed again, and the deadline for new applications was set at the end of  March 2021.

GREEN HOMES GRANT SCHEME (Extended Until 2022)Know)

What Other Government Grants Are Available in the UK?

Even though the UK government closed the Green Homes Grant, there are alternative grants and incentives that are available to UK households. The following grants are available in the UK for installing low carbon and clean energy technologies:

    • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - RHI is a scheme designed to help and incentivize homes that make use of renewable energy heating technologies such as heat pumps. When you've installed a renewable heating technology, you will be eligible to apply for RHI with which you could earn quarterly payment for a period of 7 years. It is said that the Clean Heat Grant which is a new proposal is expected to replace RHI after March 2022.
    • Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) - The Smart Export Guarantee incentivises UK homes that have installed renewable energy technologies like solar panels to generate electricity for their homes. With SEG, you can sell the surplus energy generated by the renewable technology back to the grid and earn money.
    • Energy Company Obligation (ECO) - The ECO is a government energy efficiency initiative to lower carbon emissions by supporting low income and vulnerable households to heat their home. 
    • VAT Reduction - With this scheme, certain households with solar panels can get a 5% tax reduction under the new VAT pricing system for the installation of energy-saving technologies.

What Is Covered by the Green Homes Grant?

The complete list has now been released by the government and covers a variety of energy-saving improvements. There are two categories of renovations: primary and secondary measures.

The government urges suppliers of the below-mentioned improvements to sign up for TrustMark or MCS accreditation in order to take part in this scheme.

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Primary Measures

You can apply for one or more of the primary home renovation projects under the Green Homes Grant.

You cannot claim the voucher for work that has already been carried out. That is to say, you cannot claim a voucher for a heat pump you have already installed prior to the launch of the grant — it must be carried out during the period of the grant. You may, however, use the voucher to top up your existing installations, such as upgrading old windows to new windows.

The following energy-saving projects are covered:

When it comes to low carbon heating measures, it is important that they replace an existing fossil-fuelled system—except when it comes to solar thermal panels.

Secondary Measures 

Secondary renovations are only possible if at least one primary measure is carried out.

Moreover, you only qualify for secondary measures if you are upgrading to these measures—for example, if you already have double glazed windows you cannot qualify for new double glazed windows.

    • Upgrading to double glazing
    • Upgrading to secondary glazing
    • Upgrading to triple glazing
    • Upgrading to draught-proof doors (when replacing doors that have been installed prior to 2002)
    • Upgrading to draught-proof windows
    • Heating controls
    • Hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/smart meters for heating.

The costs of the secondary measures cannot exceed the costs of the primary measures.

According to estimates from the Treasury, families can save as much as £300 per year through the Green Homes grant by reducing their energy bills with these measures.

In order to participate in the scheme, homeowners can apply online from September onward, and will receive a redeemable voucher that they can then use with accredited partners.

What Is Not Covered by the Scheme?

The Green Homes Grant covers a variety of green home improvements, but there are certain works that it does not cover. The overall aim of the scheme is to make homes more energy-efficient, and any works that do not relate to this will not qualify you for a voucher.

The following is not covered by the Green Homes Grant:

    • Any renovation that was carried out prior to a voucher being issued
    • Any type of renovation that does not improve a home’s energy efficiency
    • Boiler replacements or repairs
    • Building a new extension to your home
    • Insulating extensions or conservatories that do not have fixed heating installed

In addition, it is worth noting that solar panels (photovoltaic panels) are not included in the Green Homes Grant. It is only solar thermal panels that are included.

Who Is Eligible for the Green Homes Grant?

To be eligible for the grant, your home must be in England. The application has to be filled out by 31 March 2021.

In order to qualify, you must either:

    • be the owner of your own home, or
    • be a private or social landlord (landlords are not eligible for the low-income part of the grant scheme)

Newly-built properties that have not been occupied previously are not eligible under the Green Homes Grant.

Green Homes Grant Details