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Green Homes Grant FAQ

What is the Green Homes Grant Scheme?

The Green Homes Grant is a £2 billion scheme currently being offered by the UK government to help homeowners in England pay for energy-efficient home improvements, including heat pumps, solar thermal and underfloor heating.

Offered until 31st March 2021, homeowners are able to apply for vouchers to cover up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying energy-efficient or low carbon home improvements.

The maximum value of the voucher received is £5000, or £10,000 for households on lower incomes.

Who is Eligible for the Green Homes Grant?

The Green Homes Grant is available to a wide range of people looking to make energy-efficient home improvements within England. It is expected to benefit around 600,000 people whilst on offer.

Find out if you’re eligible, below.

The Green Homes Grant Eligibility Checklist

To be eligible for the Green Homes Grant you must:

  • Own your home in England or be a private or social landlord
  • Be installing the measure into an existing home (improving your existing property, rather than building a new house or extending)
  • Use a supplier that is both TrustMark and MCS accredited, like Nu-Heat

You cannot apply for the scheme if:

  • Your property is not located in England
  • For a new build property that has not been previously occupied
  • You have previously received a grant from your local authority via the Local Authority Delivery Scheme
  • Landlords cannot apply for the low income, 100% funding voucher

What can I use the Green Homes Grant Scheme Vouchers For?

The Green Homes Grant vouchers have been designed to be used for the installation of low-carbon heating and energy-efficient home improvements. Nu-Heat’s heat pumps, solar thermal and underfloor heating are all included under the scheme.

Qualifying improvements have been split into two categories: primary and secondary.

You must first install a primary measure in order to qualify for a voucher for secondary measures. The voucher amount received for the secondary measure will be capped at the amount received for installing a primary solution. E.g. If the voucher received for the primary measure was £2000, the maximum value of the voucher for the secondary measure would also be £2000. The combined value of the vouchers cannot exceed the maximum grant value of £5000 (or £10,000 for low income households).

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Primary Measures

Primary measures include low carbon heating solutions and insulation measures.

Low Carbon Heating Measures:

*We are waiting on clarification from the scheme as to whether underfloor heating is a standalone measure or a secondary measure that is linked to installing a low-carbon heat source.

Insulation Measures:

  • Solid wall
  • Under floor
  • Cavity wall
  • Loft
  • Flat roof
  • Room in roof
  • Insulating a park home

Secondary Measures

If a primary measure has been installed, a voucher may then be used to install one of the secondary measures detailed below.

  • Heating controls
  • Draught proofing
  • Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazed windows)
  • Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
  • External energy efficient doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002)
  • Hot water tank thermostats and insulation

How does the Green Homes Grant Scheme affect the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme?

Both the Green Homes Grant Scheme and the Domestic RHI can be used in conjunction with one another. On being accepted for the Domestic RHI, the value of your voucher received for the Green Homes Grant will be reclaimed from these payments. This means that RHI payments will be reduced in accordance with the Green Homes Grant voucher value.

Receiving a Green Homes Grant voucher essentially acts as support for the upfront cost of energy-efficient installations. This amount will then be subtracted from the RHI payments received after installation.

E.g. if a voucher of £3000 is received to install a heat pump, you will save that amount on the upfront costs and the RHI payments will be reduced by £3000.

How to Apply for the Green Homes Grant

In order to apply for the Green Homes Grant Scheme you should:

  • Use the Simple Energy Advice website to check if you are eligible for the scheme and which energy-efficiency or low-carbon heating improvements are suitable for your home.
  • Choose a supplier that is both TrustMark accredited and MCS compliant, for your chosen improvements. If you’re looking to install a heat pump, solar thermal or underfloor heating, we can provide you with a bespoke quote through our website.
  • Apply for your Green Homes Grant voucher from the end of September onwards.
  • Once you have confirmation that your voucher application has been accepted, the company you have chosen to provide your energy-efficient measures will deduct the voucher from your quote. They will then request and receive payment from the government for the costs covered by the voucher.

More information on the Grant and terms and conditions can be found on the government website.

Be quick – the Green Homes Grant ends March 2021!

To benefit from up to £10,000 of savings from the Green Homes Grant, the energy-efficient measures need to be installed and certified before 31st March 2021.

As a TrustMark Accredited and MCS compliant supplier, Nu-Heat can provide you with a heat pump, solar thermal and underfloor heating system that is eligible for both the Green Homes Grant and Renewable Heat Incentive schemes.

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FAQ’s

Is the Green Homes Grant available if I am building my own home or extending?

No, the scheme is in place to improve existing buildings so excludes new builds and extensions. Find out more about who is eligible for the scheme.

Does the Green Homes Grant cover the cost of installing underfloor heating?

Yes BUT, we aren’t entirely sure if it can be installed as a standalone measure yet. We expect this to be clarified by the end of September, when the scheme is open for applications. Find out more about which measures are covered by the Green Homes Grant.

How can I claim the Green Homes Grant?

In order to claim the Green Homes Grant you must first check if you are eligible for the scheme, you can then begin to gather quotes from TrustMark accredited and MCS compliant suppliers, like Nu-Heat. You will be able to apply for the grant from the end of September onwards. Work should not be committed to or scheduled until you have received confirmation on your Green Homes Grant voucher.
Find out more about how to apply for the Green Homes Grant.

Can you claim the Green Homes Grant alongside the RHI?

Yes, the Green Homes Grant can be claimed alongside the Renewable Heat Incentive however, your RHI payments will be reduced by the amount received for the Green Homes Grant. Find out more about how the Green Homes Grant affects the RHI scheme.

What role does Nu-Heat play in the Green Homes Grant process?

Nu-Heat is both TrustMark and MCS accredited, meaning that we can provide heat pumps, solar thermal and underfloor heating under the Green Homes Grant. You can use your Nu-Heat quote to qualify for a voucher. Once your voucher application has been confirmed as being successful, we can then discount your quote and claim the voucher amount back from the government.

How much will I get through the Green Homes Grant?

This depends on the low-carbon or energy-efficient measures that you decide to install and your income. Most households are eligible for up to £5000, with those on low-incomes able to claim a maximum of £10,000. Find out more about Green Homes Grant vouchers.

Do I have to apply for the Green Homes Grant before installation?

It is recommended that you apply for the grant before committing to installing any measures so that you know whether you are eligible and how much you will receive. Find out more about applying for the Green Homes Grant.

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