For those of us thinking about the coming winter months, and how to make our homes warmer and more comfortable, then it is worth being aware of the recently announced Green Home Grants now available. This is especially true as many in Lincoln are now working from their home rather than their usual place of work, meaning heating will be on during the working day rather than just at evenings and weekends, potentially adding to heating costs.
From 30 September 2020, homeowners and landlords can apply for a Green Home Grant. The grant, in the form of a voucher, can fund up to two thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy performance of your home (maximum £5,000 government contribution). Low income households will be eligible for up to 100% government funding, up to around £10,000.
The grant will enable you to install one or more primary energy saving measures:
- Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- Air source or ground source heat pump
- Solar thermal
When installing a primary measure, the voucher can also be used to cover the cost of a number of secondary measures which include: draughtproofing, double/triple glazing for windows & doors and central heating controls.
There are conditions attached to some of the measures. The measures have to be installed by a tradesman who is a TrustMark Registered Business or MCS Certified.
To Apply, You’ll Need:
- The name and date of birth of the property owner or owners
- The name and date of birth of anyone living in the property who is receiving benefits
- A quote for the work from a TrustMark-registered tradesperson
- The TrustMark licence number of your chosen tradesperson
Once you have that information, you can apply online at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-green-homes-grant
The author, Jon Davies, is Secretary of LLRA and also a member of the recently established Lincoln Climate Commission.