As part of its attempt to kickstart the economy following the Coronavirus lockdown, and to meet its environmental targets, the UK Government unveiled a new grant for home improvements.
The Green Homes Grant.
With the Green Homes Grant, homeowners and landlords alike can receive up to £10,000 in vouchers for certain home improvement projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of their property.
There are some rules surrounding the grant, however. One of the main ones being that the work must be carried out by an accredited supplier.
At Kettell Windows, we’re keen to become an accredited supplier for the Leicestershire area, but as with others in the industry, are awaiting further information.
But in the meantime, we’re receiving lots of questions about how the Green Homes Grant works, and whether it’s worth putting existing projects on-hold. Let’s take a look.
What is the Green Homes Grant?
The Green Homes Grant is a new scheme from the UK Government designed to allow homeowners and landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.
How much can I get?
Most homeowners and landlords can claim two-thirds of the cost of their home improvement project, up to a maximum of £5,000.
For low-income households, the vouchers are worth up to £10,000, and cover 100% of the cost, so no contribution necessary.
How do I know if I’m eligible for the Green Homes Grant?
Details of the eligibility criteria are yet to be released. But we do know that only certain home improvement projects will qualify.
The scheme will cover home improvement projects that are to bring a property up to an EPC Level C. If your home is at or above this level already, it’s unlikely that you would qualify.
What home improvements are included in the scheme?
But it’s not that straightforward.
We have heard that the scheme may be split into two main parts. There is likely to be ‘primary measures’ and ‘secondary measures’, whereby you can only use the grant for secondary measures if you’re also having a primary measure implemented.
Double glazing is likely to fall under the secondary measures, and so far sources are saying it is only confirmed to cover upgrading single glazing to double double glazing, and not necessarily for the replacement of double glazing with new double glazing. As a result, it’s likely most people looking for new windows or doors won’t be eligible.
Should existing home improvement projects be put on-hold?
With the promise of vouchers that can contribute towards the cost of improving your property, it might be tempting to put a project on-hold, or even cancel altogether.
But there’s more consideration to be had.
With details of the scheme being scarce, as well as it being a means-tested scheme and likely to have several requirements to be eligible, it’s likely that a large number of homeowners and landlords will not be eligible.
Placing a project on-hold or cancelling altogether will result in delays to the work being carried out, and thus means your property is likely to be less energy efficient for longer, potentially continuing to run-up unnecessary energy bills.
Likewise, depending on the reason for installing new double glazing in your property, placing the work on-hold could be detrimental.
For example, if it is to replace a broken window or door, then you could end up causing more damage by leaving it for longer, or suffer from increased heat in the property due to inadequate insulation via the windows or doors, and with Summer here, that’s not an ideal scenario to be in.
At the same time, with double glazing likely to be listed as a secondary measure, unless your home also requires another measure, such as insulation, it’s not likely to be covered under the grant, and thus there’s little point in cancelling or placing a double glazing installation.
If you are looking to upgrade your home in Leicestershire, whether under the Green Homes Grant Scheme or not, Kettell Windows are suitably placed to help. Simply get in touch with our team and see how we can help with new, energy efficient windows or doors.