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Green Homes Grant voucher scheme

Find out about the Green Homes Grant that could help with the cost of home energy efficiency improvements

About the scheme

The Green Homes Grant is a new government scheme. It will allow you to claim a voucher towards energy efficiency improvements for your home. 

Grant amount

The standard voucher covers two thirds of the cost of an energy efficiency measure, up to a maximum of £5,000. A low-income voucher is also available that covers 100% of the cost of an energy efficiency measure, up to a maximum of £10,000.

How long the schemes runs for

The scheme will run until 31 March 2022, by which time the voucher has to be claimed and energy efficiency improvements have to be completed. You can apply for a voucher from the end of September 2020.

Energy efficiency measures included 

Energy efficiency measures are split into primary and secondary measures. Please view the Simple Energy Advice website for a full list of measures included in the scheme.

How to apply

You can apply on the Simple Energy Advice website. You'll be able to:

  • check if you’re eligible for a voucher
  • check what improvements may be suitable for your home
  • choose which improvements you would like and see an estimate of how much they may cost
  • find accredited tradespeople to get quotes from to carry out the work

Apply for the Green Homes Grant

Further information

For information on the locally delivered Green Homes Grant scheme, please visit our home energy efficiency page.

For further information, please view our FAQ's below, or view the following resources:

Frequently asked questions

  What is the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme (GHG)?

The GHG is a government grant that can be used to cover the cost of energy improvement measures to your property.

  How much money can I claim?

The voucher covers the cost by two thirds of the energy efficiency improvement measure, up to a maximum voucher of £5,000. If you are on low-income then you may be eligible for a voucher covering the full cost of the energy efficiency improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000.

  Who is eligible for the scheme?

To be eligible you must either own a property or be a landlord (private or social). The property must be situated in England. The property is not eligible if it is a new build and has had no previous occupant. Landlords aren’t eligible for the low-income voucher. Additional information can be found on the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme document.

  Is there a deadline for accessing the voucher?

Yes. You can access the voucher from the end of September 2020. Vouchers must be redeemed, and the improvements must be completed by the 31st March 2022.

  What measures will the grant pay for?

A full breakdown of all measures (primary and secondary) can be found on the Simple Energy Advice website.

  Can I mix and match energy improvement measures?

No. Vouchers must be used for the installation of a minimum of one primary measure. Primary measures start with insulation. If your home is already suitably insulated, then you can use it for a low carbon heat primary measure. If you have used the voucher for at least one primary measure, you can also use the voucher to help pay for a secondary measure. You can also use the voucher to top up already pre-existing primary measures in your home to the recommended level.

  Can the grant be used in conjunction with the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)?

Yes. The grant can be used in conjunction with the ECO, but only on separate energy efficiency measures. The ECO and GHG cannot be used together on the same improvement measure.

  Can the grant be used in conjunction with the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI)?

Yes. You can apply for the GHG first and then when applying for the DRHI accreditation you notify Ofgem. The grant money will then be deducted from you DRHI payments (These payments last for 7 years, based on the amount of renewable heat generated).

  How much money can I save through the scheme?

Annual savings are dependent on the measure you install. Loft, cavity wall and solid wall insulation have the potential to save you between £150 and £225 per year. Drought proofing measures could see potential savings of between £20 and £30 per year. The biggest potential savings could come from low carbon heat, with air source heat pumps having potential annual savings of close to £700.

  How does improving the energy efficiency of my house reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Improving the energy efficiency of your house helps to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released when heating it. CO2 is released through the burning of oil, gas or solid fuels in order to heat your homes, of which in 2015, 88% of households heated their homes through greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuel boilers. In 2014, the average UK household emitted 8.1 tonnes CO2 annually, of which roughly 29% came directly from heating. This contributed roughly 12% of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2014, with the main greenhouse gas being CO2. For context, the average UK household emitted roughly 2.3 tonnes CO2 from heating alone. Thus, with 26.7 million UK households in 2014, household heating releasing roughly 62.7 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2. Improving the energy efficiency of your home, therefore, means that less heating is required and thus, less CO2 is emitted. Improving energy efficiency of your home is only one step you can take to reduce your household emissions. See the following Committee on Climate change document for an overview of what your household can do to reduce emissions.

  How much Carbon Dioxide (CO2) can the Green Homes Grant reduce?

The amount of CO2 saved through the installation of energy efficiency measures varies depending on the measure implemented.

  How do I apply?

You can apply for the voucher from the end of September 2020. We recommend using the Simple Energy Advice website to check your eligibility first. You can then identify applicable home improvements, and their estimated cost. The site will also provide you a list of accredited providers. You must choose your measures and obtain a quote through the Simple Energy Advice survey and accredited providers prior to applying for the voucher. You must only enter a commitment with providers once you have received confirmation that your green homes grant voucher has been accepted.