Consumers can claim the new vouchers, which are worth up to £5,000 for homeowners while those on low income can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000.
Homeowners will be able to start to apply for vouchers late August 2020, with the vouchers issued from the end of September. Dates have not been confirmed as yet.
Households can choose from approved tradespeople in their area to carry out the work. Only approved and accredited installers are able to be commissioned, ensuring high standards and consumer protection. Consumer Energy Solutions are one of those accredited installers.
“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 trades people.”
Alok Sharma Business and Energy Secretary
Customers will be able to use the vouchers to install one or more of the following primary measures:
- solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- air source or ground source heat pump
- solar thermal
In addition, households can use their voucher for further secondary energy-saving measures. These include one or more of the following:
- double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- upgrading to energy-efficient doors
- hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls
So for example, if a homeowner of a semi-detached or end-terrace installed cavity wall and floor insulation, costing around £4,000, the homeowner would pay just £1,320 – with the government paying £2,680. Doing so could save the owner over £200 annually on their bills and reduce their carbon footprint by cutting 700 kg of CO2 a year from their home alone.
The grant scheme is available until the end of March 2022.