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The government’s Green Homes Grant scheme: What homeowners need to know

Last updated: 6th August 2020

On the 8th July 2020, the government unveiled a package of green measures worth £3 billion. One of the measures is the Green Homes Grant – a voucher scheme to help 650,000 homes in England become more energy-efficient. With twice as many homeowners planning green improvements this year compared to 2019, this investment will cut energy bills for homeowners and provide local jobs for tradespeople, as well as make progress on the UK’s net zero carbon emissions by 2050 target.

What is the Green Homes Grant?

Cross section of roof showing insulation insideThe grant will provide homeowners and landlords with a voucher worth up to £5,000, or £10,000 for low income households, to pay for energy saving home improvements. The voucher will cover at least two thirds of the cost of installing green upgrades.

To be eligible for funding, you will need to install at least one of the following primary measures using the grant:

  • Insulation: Solid wall, cavity wall, under floor, loft, flat roof, room in roof or park home insulation.
  • Low carbon heat: Air source heat pump, ground source heat pump or solar thermal.

If you already have one, or both, of the above measures already installed in your home, then you can’t replace it using the Green Homes Grant. However, top ups are allowed, for example installing additional loft insulation up to the recommended level.

As long as you have one of the primary measures included in your Green Homes Grant package, then you will be eligible for the following secondary measures:

  • Draught proofing.
  • Windows and doors: Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing), secondary glazing in addition to single glazing or upgrading to energy efficient doors (where replacing doors installed before 2002).
  • Heating controls and insulation: Appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed start thermostats or thermostatic radiator valves.

Secondary measures can only be subsidised up to the amount of subsidy provided for primary measures. For example, if you receive a £1,000 voucher for primary measures, then you can only receive a maximum of £1,000 for your secondary measures.

For low-carbon heating to be installed, your house will need to have adequate insulation. This can be installed through the Green Homes Grant, as part of a package alongside the above measures.

How do I apply for the new government grant?

CGI image of house without walls showing possible energy efficient improvements The scheme will open in September 2020 and close at the end of March 2021. To apply, homeowners will need to answer some questions about their home and select which green home improvement they want to make. After that, they’ll be directed to local, accredited suppliers who’ll provide a quote for the job. Then, a voucher will be issued by the government.

Who’s eligible?

  • Homeowners with an owner-occupied home, including long-leaseholders and shared ownership homeowners.
  • Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties.
  • Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including LA owned homes).
  • Park home owners, for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites.

If you own a new build domestic property or non-domestic property aren’t eligible for green upgrades through the Green Homes Grant.

Low income households are those receiving at least one of the following benefits:

  • Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA).
  • Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA).
  • Income Support (IS).
  • Pension Guarantee Credit.
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC).
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC).
  • Universal Credit (UC).
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
  • Attendance Allowance.
  • Carer’s Allowance.
  • Severe Disablement Allowance.
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
  • Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA).
  • Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA).
  • Housing benefit.

The government expects that the scheme will benefit around 650,000 houses.

Homeowners: What are the benefits?

Meter showing money spent on energy

  1. Save money on energy bills: The government estimates that the scheme will save homeowners up to £300 a year on their energy bills. For example, solid wall insulation can take around £225 off the average heating bill, whilst double glazing can cut them down by around £105 yearly, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
  2. Complete the jobs that you’ve been wanting done: When we spoke to homeowners earlier this year, we found that 1 in 3 want to make energy-efficient home improvements in 2020, but 61% were put off by the cost. The Green Homes Grant will cut the cost of these upgrades by around two thirds!
  3. Support local businesses: Tradespeople can help you get energy-efficient jobs done and the demand for green work will create more work for them and help get our economy back on its feet. The Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report: 2020 found that almost half of UK tradespeople made changes to become eco-friendlier in 2019, with even more planning to do so this year.

Tradespeople: What are the benefits?

Roof insulation being installed

  1. Higher consumer demand: At Rated People, we’ve seen an influx in jobs as lockdown eases. With twice as many homeowners planning on making green improvements this year and the Green Homes Scheme coming into place, we’re expecting to see even more new jobs posted.
  2. Opportunity to learn new skills: 29% of tradespeople on Rated People have seen a rise in green-related jobs this year. So, it’s a great time to invest in gaining skills around this area.
  3. Increase your business capabilities: The government expects that the scheme will create 140,000 new jobs. They’ll also provide incentives to employers who hire young people through apprenticeships and traineeships, so it’s a great time to take on new staff to meet the increased consumer demand.

How can I make sure that the work will be completed to a high standard?

All tradespeople participating in the Green Homes Grant scheme must be a TrustMark registered business or accredited by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

TrustMark is a government-endorsed quality scheme, which requires all registered tradespeople to meet high levels of technical competence, have their work regularly inspected and show a commitment to good customer care. Plus, they have to provide a minimum two-year guarantee for work carried out in homes.

MCS is an industry-led quality assurance scheme. All certified tradespeople have to show adherence to recognised industry standards of quality, competency and compliance.

So, you can be confident that all work done in your home will be completed to a high standard.

How do I get involved?

Heat pump order form

Rated People can connect homeowners looking to make use of the Green Homes Grant with vetted local trades businesses. By posting a job on Rated People, homeowners can get advice and information on what eco-friendly measures are best for their house and how much the work will cost – and ultimately find a trusted trades business to do the work.

Tradespeople that are members of Rated People should add the relevant green skills for their trade, such as fitting double glazing and installing energy-efficient boilers, to their profiles now to get ready for the scheme. It’s also a good idea for tradespeople to make sure that the skills already selected on their profiles match the green jobs that homeowners might want done.

We’ll keep this article up to date with the latest information, including a link to the online application portal once it’s live.

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    1. I would like the cost of a new roof included in the grant. M roof is in need of repair but I can’t agord the cost. I’m sure a new roof would reduce the loss of heat from. My home. Is there any chance this will be added to the scheme?

  1. Regarding the Green grants, does this apply to upgrading my Dimplex electric wall heaters that are 13 years old.? My energy certificate supplied on purchasing the Apartment Stated that was the only aspect that needed upgrading to get a top rating,

  2. Hi – I am interested in replacing glazing and door in my kitchen which is not double glazed / efficient

  3. Very informative article on the scheme on the government’s green homes schemes. I will probably avail myself of the opportunity to make my home better insulated. Thank you Rated People

    1. Definitely be interested in to have the double glazing done is very old and left the draught then so please keep me in touch thank you

  4. Yes definitely keep me updated
    As need all new windows and exterior doors
    And currently on esa (support group!

  5. Hopefully double glazed,conservatory roof, for extra warmth in winter. And any possible help installing some kind of toilet downstairs, I have disability issues.

  6. It is very a very interesting and attractive staffs. Me and my husband over 65 years old. We hardly got any any earning. We only survive with a little pension. It is a large Victorian house. Very cold. I will appreciate if you offer us this grant and it will help us to have a energy efficient house.
    By we don’t have extra money to manage with your grant. We need extra help as well.
    Thank you very much.

  7. Hi, I am still waiting to hear about my free boiler. I was offered this almost 2 months ago and, am still waiting……..


  8. I am interested in having a loft conversion, also the insulation needs changing as I had rats a few years ago, a pest control person cae, I am looking at the whole area as I would like a,conversion doing, but am worried at the price. Be interested if you could help.

  9. When I bought my house it already had double glazing, but the previous owner did it themselves and it needs to be redone.

    Can I use the grant for this ?

  10. I live in Sheltered accommodation but own my Flat. My double glazing was fitted in 1985 and should be renewed. Am I eligible?

  11. We need to consider a new boiler as we have an inefficient oil boiler currently.

    Please consider us for a change to allow us to be a more greener house.

  12. We have double glazing throughout the house
    And believe about green issues, we are mindful, we have a green boiler. and will continue to develop the house to meet national levels

  13. Please update me when you can apply for the grant , I’m interested in wall insulation, double glazing and efficient boiler

    1. Looking at replacing my windows & doors . Look forward to more information about this government scheme.

  14. Dear sir / madam,

    I would be very interested to be kept updated on what schemes I might be eligible for my own residential address as well as for my residential property investment portfolio.

    Thanks and regards,

    Carl Evans

  15. [email protected]
    My kitchen needs another window to let in light – sunlight. triple glazed or double glazed.
    My cooker is gas powered – would prefer an electric cooker top – more energy efficient
    Insulatiion on doors to outside – lets in draughts.
    House built in 2004 – terraced.

  16. It looks like an excellent scheme. Are ground source ‘heat pumps’ included in the scheme? I have investigated these and they are still very expensive.

  17. Require new front door where there are large gaps around the opening edge of the door. House is Listed built 1763. Drafts are exceptional.

  18. Dear Sir/Madam,
    We live in a detached home built in 1959 that does not have a cavity wall. We have insulated the loft to a high standard, We have also used insulated lining paper on our inside of the exterior walls. We also have a new gas boiler that is specified to be connected to Solar panels. Also we are fully double glazed
    Our roof shape is mainly triangular or off set rectangular and so square or rectangular solar panels cannot utilise all the
    the roof space to take advantage of a solar installation. There is no mention of grants to deal with external walls such as adding shingles with insulation behind them

  19. I am interested in

  20. HI, I have very old (50 years) dimplex night storage heaters which are not only very old, but hardly now provide much heat even when on high. They also cost me very high electicity bills over £1600 a year for 4 radiators which i only have on for5/6 months a year . I am an 80 year old pensioner living on my own and i would love to have them replaced with a more efficient heating system, but cannot afford the cost. Anything that can be done to help would be much appreciated.

  21. I should like further information regarding the Green Grant from the government for eco-friendly changes to houses, I understand these are to be published in September so I should be pleased if you could let me know how to apply when possible.
    Best wishes
    Cynthia Greenwood (Ms.)

  22. We would like to have our house walls insulated like the rest of our street, all council houses were done about 3 years ago we missed out because we bought ours neighbours say it made a great difference to their heating bills.

  23. I am interested in triple glazing so that i don’t have to go to bed with the noise of heavy goods and other traffic noises

  24. I am writing this on my husband’s behalf .He’s been registered blind since December 2019 and is aged 80
    Years old.. Our central heating system was installed here when the house was built, about 25 years ago a nd isin need of a more efficient (? Combi) together with a couple of new radiators to make our home more efficient and comfortable could we qualify for a grant towards the cost please?


  26. This is amazing as I’d love to have all the windows replaced in my house but just can’t afford it.

  27. This is timely for me. My gas boiler needs replacing it was installed around 2004. I would like it to be as eco friendly as possible, but sometimes that is the most expensive, so if I had a grant I might consider it. I’m retired and don’t have much money, but I’m just above the threshold of supplements.

  28. At the moment, our conservative is HOT in summer and COLD in winter.We would like to have a tiled roof benefiting us to keep conservative COOL in summer and HOT in winter.We both are living on pensions. Iam sure that we would qualify for a government grant.

  29. I would like to apply for a grant when this scheme openings for wall insulation as my home is a ex council house and has no wall insulation as they were all concrete and needs cladding and anew gas boiler as my old one is over 15 years old and not very green on energy

  30. This is great news, I desperately need new front Windows but as we with part time I just couldn’t afford to replace them so definatly will apply fur grant

  31. I would interested in getting my loft insulted as it is an older type of house and some of the windows replaced. Subject getting the grant I will really like to go ahead with it as soon as possible, before the winter is upon us again. I couldnt afford to get them both done . If I can get a grant would be interested as being of an older age group.

    Great to see that this will create more jobs during these very uncertain times, with so many people have already lost there employment and struggling during this Coronavirus Pandemic.

  32. Thank you so much for this. The green way and saving energy speaks to my heart. Please save my email let me know as soon as possible when to apply for this grant.

    with kind regards


  33. We want to replace a dated and draughty uPVC front door with a more energy efficient composite front door. The availability of a grant to cover or go towards a new front door would be ideal. We would also like to extend our low energy lighting throughout the house, again a grant to assist with costs would be ideal

  34. Agree with the above about being just above the threshold to claim benefits. I also am also retired and have recently had to use about half my savings to replace my roof. I may have many years left yet. Would love some financial help to insulate the loft.

  35. Interested, as a pensioner I would like to find out if my cavity walls can be insulated as it is an old stone built property and we feel the cold! This scheme sounds promising and possibly more affordable.

  36. I am interested in Green Homes Grant Scheme, as interested information on Eco-friendly boilers and Triple glazing windows

  37. Hi would like to make my conservatory warmer, and hopefully replace my Windows me and my wife had to retire because she had a stroke so both on low incomes.

  38. I am very interested in getting my single skinned property in central Brighton insulated on the outside as its always beed cold and suffers from condensation and penertrating damp problems. I know this can be very costly and it is also in a conservation area so needs to be done proffesionally by a reputable company. I look forward to any help available and hope I’m not disappointed when it is finally announced!

  39. I have a cellar running the length of my house. Underfloor insulation might well be beneficial as well as improved loft insulation in part. It sounds as though this government scheme might help to serve energy expenditure.

  40. Would appreciate a boiler have had no hot water for three years no one can find the problem .. will be interesting in the grant … SDowe

  41. I will be applying for he scheme as paying for these big tickets home improvement are not always easy on a lower income.
    I am interested in an energy efficient boiler , update electrical circuit and especially under floor installation.

  42. My three-decade house needs wall, floor, insulation & CH upgrading and some glazing and artex ceilings repaired/eplaced. Grants could help make this happen.

  43. Hi
    We are planning on changing our windows and doors for a more energy efficient option, and looking at options for energy efficient lighting inside and outside, and underfloor heating.

  44. My home is seriously in need of modernising and probably not very “green”. Cant wait to hear more about the grant.

  45. I hope we can get our flat windows triple glazed plus boiler and lighting/ floor insulation if this grant is given . this is very exciting news – please keep us updated

  46. need several things in house updated double glazing kitchen bathroom back door so a grant would be very helpful indeed. Let me know who and how grant works

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