Sector - Energy, Fuel & Utilities
Seeing Savings Under Green Homes Grant
As of Friday 28th August 2020, homeowners and landlords have been able to see for themselves how the Government’s new Green Homes Grant Scheme can help make their homes warmer and more energy efficient.
Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma unveiled a new opportunity for customers to get tips they need to make their homes more energy efficient, along with details on how the Green Homes Grant scheme can make installations cheaper. These will be available on the Simple Energy Advice website.
The site offers a quick energy survey for consumers to see how energy efficient their homes already are, and where improvements can be made. Taking as little as 5 minutes, once completed homeowners and landlords can receive a personalised energy plan.
The Green Homes Grants scheme, set to open by the end of September, will allow customers to obtain funding for up to two-thirds of the cost of energy saving measures identified – up to £5000 – in the form of new vouchers. Lower income households could be entitled to as much as £10,000.
The scheme will cover green home improvements including insulation of walls, floors and roofs, the installation of double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and low-carbon heating. These measures could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.
The Simple Energy Advice website then offers people access to fully accredited tradespeople in their area able to carry out the work needed, so they can get quotes ready for when the vouchers become available.
Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Green Homes Grants are a key part of our plans to build back greener, helping make 600,000 homes more energy efficient with government vouchers, while supporting 100,000 skilled jobs and supporting our transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“From today people will have the chance to see how this scheme could help save money on their energy bills and connect to trusted local tradespeople across the country, so they are ready for the scheme’s launch in September.”
Energy Savings Trust Chief Executive Mike Thornton said: “The Green Homes Grant scheme is a great opportunity to get a grant to cut energy bills. Now the website is live, we urge people to go online to create a personalised plan for energy efficiency in their home as a first step to getting their grant.”
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