You can apply for the voucher from the end of September. In the meantime, you can find out what improvements can be made to your home and obtain quotes from certified tradespeople.
The government will provide a voucher worth up to £5,000 or £10,000 to help cover the cost of making energy efficient improvements to your home.
Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces.
You must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2021.
The government will provide a voucher that covers two-thirds of the cost of qualifying energy efficiency or low carbon heating improvements to your home. The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000.
If you are on a low income and receive certain benefits, you can receive a voucher covering all of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of the voucher is £10,000.
The installer will request and receive payment from the government for the costs covered by the voucher.
To apply for the voucher, you must either:
Your property must be in England to be eligible for the scheme.
Landlords cannot apply for the low-income portion of the scheme.
New-build properties that have not previously been occupied are not eligible for the scheme.
The available measures are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures.
The voucher must be used to install at least 1 primary measure. This can be an insulation measure and/or a low carbon heating measure.
The following insulation measures are covered by the voucher:
The following low carbon heating measures are covered by the voucher:
Further information on these measures will be announced soon.
You cannot use the voucher to help pay for works that were carried out prior to the voucher being issued.
You cannot use the voucher to replace insulation or low carbon heating measures that are already installed in your home. However, you can use the voucher to ‘top up’ existing measures (for example, installing additional loft insulation up to the recommended level).
If you install at least 1 primary measure, your voucher can be used to help cover the cost of any of the following secondary measures:
The amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures.
ExampleA homeowner wants to install cavity wall insulation and receives a voucher worth £400 towards the work. They can receive a maximum of £400 more for secondary measures, such as replacing single glazed windows with double glazed windows.
There are certain items that are not covered by the voucher, including:
You should only enter into a commitment to carry out work once you have had confirmation that your voucher application has been accepted.
You must make sure the work is scheduled to be completed, and the voucher redeemed subject to its terms and conditions, by 31 March 2021.#
For further information, see the gov.uk website; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme