The Green Homes Grant is a grant of up to £10,000 towards the cost of making your home more energy-efficient.
It provides vouchers to homeowners for the installation of energy-saving measures such as heat pumps, smart meters and insulation.
Homeowners in England can apply for Green Homes Grant vouchers valued at up to two-thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy efficiency of their home. The typical contribution available is £5,000 but low-income households will be eligible for up to 100% funding, up to a maximum of £10,000.
Grants are available until 31st March 2021 (but more grants are expected to become available after this date as the government has long term plans for the improvement in efficiency of Britain’s housing stock).
The potential reduction in carbon emissions are shown here (Energy Saving Trust):
To check if you are eligible for the Green Homes Grant, visit the UK Government website.
There you will complete a survey about your home and its occupants to identify what measures might be suitable. Once completed, Simple Energy Advice will suggest options with cost estimates and the contact details of local eligible tradespeople who could carry out the work.
Once the works are agreed, you can apply for a voucher on the Green Homes Grant page. (If you install renewable heating technology at your home, you may be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.)
While the Green Homes Grant is only available in England, there are other energy-saving schemes available in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:
- Scotland – Home Energy Scotland offers free advice on making your home more efficient, tips on how to reduce waste and information on renewable energy. There is also the Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme for vulnerable people in cold homes.
- Wales – The NEST Scheme offers advice and if you are eligible, improvements to your boiler, central heating or insulation.
- Northern Ireland – NI Energy Advice contains information on energy efficiency grants in Northern Ireland including an Affordable Warmth Scheme for victims of fuel poverty.