Up to £10,000 Green Homes Grant for energy efficiency: Installation of energy efficiency measures in homes across England is being supported by the government which is offering funding of up to £10,000.

The new Green Homes Grant worth £2 billion, will see more than 600,000 homes get government funding of up to two-thirds of the cost of the improvements, which will include measures such as insulation, draft proofing as well as heat pumps and solar thermal.

Under the initiative, tradespeople such as builders and plumbers must be accredited for the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) or registered for TrustMark to be able to provide their services for the measures, the works are expected to help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

Householders will be able to choose from tradespeople in their areas to carry out the work but only approved and accredited installers will be able to be commissioned, ensuring high standards and consumer protection. TrustMark is the government-endorsed quality scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out in their homes.

The scheme is expected by the government to create more than 100,000 jobs in green construction.

Homeowners in England on low income can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of their improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000, while others can claim up to £5,000.

For example, if a homeowner of an end-terrace, or semi-detached house installed cavity wall and floor insulation, the homeowner would pay only £1,320 – with the government paying £2,680 of the £4,000 cost

This could help the homeowner reduce their carbon footprint by 700kg a year and save more than £200 annually on their bills.

Specifically to support low income and fuel poor households, around £500 million will be earmarked which will include those living in rented accommodation.

Funding can be bid for by local authorities under the scheme for low income households in their areas, to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Alok Sharma, Business and Energy Secretary said: “Green home improvements will save people money on their energy bills, help to cut carbon emissions, and create new work for many thousands of builders, plumbers and other tradespeople.

“Our TrustMark scheme will guarantee that building work is completed to a high standard by accredited tradespeople, ensuring consumers are fully protected.”

Announced by the Chancellor earlier this month in the government’s wider green package, it also includes an additional £1 billion programme to make public buildings, including schools and hospitals across the UK more energy efficient and an additional £50 million will pilot innovative approaches to retrofitting social housing at scale.

Up to £10,000 Green Homes Grant for energy efficiency

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