What is the Green Homes Grant?

On 7th July 2020 the Government announced a new £2 billion scheme called the Green Homes Grant. The Grant gives homeowners and landlords in England vouchers to help cover the cost of home energy efficiency improvements. The scheme is now open for applications until 31 March 2021.

Other schemes are available if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Who can apply for the Green Homes Grant?

The following properties are eligible for the general scheme:

  • All owner-occupied homes across England (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership).
  • Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties.
  • Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including homes owned by a Local Authority).
  • Park homeowners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites).


Please note that these types of properties are not eligible:

  • New-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties.

There's also help available for customers who get income-based or disability benefits. If you fall into this group you could be eligible for a fully-funded package of energy efficiency measures.

How do I get the Green Homes Grant?

You can get advice and support on improving energy efficiency in your home via the Simple Energy Advice Service. You will be offered a list of approved TrustMark and MCS registered tradespeople in your local area to carry out the work.

As Britain’s biggest generator of low-carbon electricity, we welcome any steps that support our customers towards achieving net-zero. We work with trusted partners who are specialists in installing energy-saving measures.

You will need to arrange a quote and apply for your Green Homes Grant voucher before work can start.
 

Follow these easy steps to get your voucher and pay for your energy-saving improvements:

  1. Look at the energy-saving measures under the Green Homes Grant. We can then help you with the measures you want to install or give your information to one of our trusted partners who install them.
  2. Our trusted installer will contact you to discuss your requirements.
  3. The installer will give you a quote for the energy-saving measures you are eligible for.
  4. Apply for your voucher on GOV.UK once you have the quote.
  5. Contact your installer to agree on a date for the work once you receive your voucher.
  6. Your installer will provide an invoice for the work completed.
  7. Upload your invoice on GOV.UK to pay your contribution if required. The balance will automatically be paid to your installer.

How much can I get from the Green Homes Grant scheme?

For most people, the grant will cover 66% of the cost up to a maximum of £5,000.

You may be able to get free energy-efficient measures up to a value of £10,000 if you're a homewoner on a lower income and you, or a member of your household, receive one of these qualifying benefits:

  • Attendance allowance
  • Carer's allowance
  • Child tax credit
  • Disability living allowance
  • Housing benefit
  • Income-based/contribution-based employment and support allowance
  • Income-based/contribution-based jobseeker's allowance
  • Income support
  • Industrial injuries disablement benefit
  • Pension 'guarantee' credit
  • Personal independence payment
  • Severe disablement allowance
  • Universal credit
  • Working tax credit

What measures are included in the Green Homes Grant?

The Green Homes Grant will give homeowners across England including owner-occupiers and social/private landlords, vouchers to install one or more of the following energy efficiency measures. You'll also be able to apply for what's being called 'top-ups' to current insulation in a home. This will make sure your home meets the recommended level of insulation.

Primary measures included

Insulation primary measures included

thermal loft insulation roll

Loft insulation

from £400 £136
with the Green Homes Grant

Save up to £250 on bills and prevent 25% of your heat loss through your roof(1)

Cavity wall insulation - Installing cavity wall insulation

Cavity wall insulation

from £600 £204
with the Green Homes Grant

Save as much as £280 a year on heating bills by stopping 33% of heat loss(2)

Row of houses with external insulation

Solid wall insulation

from £7,400 £2,516
with the Green Homes Grant

Save 15% off your energy bills on average and transform your home(3)

The Green Homes Grant also offers customers funding for under-floor, flat roof, room in roof & park home insulation. If you're looking for these energy-saving measures fill out our form highlighting which ones you're interested in installing and we'll pass your information on to our trusted third parties, who'll get back in touch with you. 

Low carbon primary measures included

Air source heat pumps available with the Renewable Heat Incentive

Air source heat pumps

from £3,999
for typical 3 bed home incl. installation(4)

Air source heat pumps create heat from outside air. Unlike a new gas boiler, they can last for 20 years or more(5), save you £2,755 over 10 years and put 68% less carbon(6) out into the world.

hybrid air source heat pump installed at a house next to an exterior wall

Hybrid heat pumps

from £399
for a hybrid heat pump incl. installation

Upgrade to a hybrid heat pump that works with your existing Oil/LPG boiler, meaning you fill up less often, costing you less and reducing your carbon footprint. You can also qualify for a £1,610 grant.

The Green Homes Grant also offers customers funding for ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal. If you're looking for these energy-saving measures fill out our form, highlighting which ones you're interested in installing and we'll pass your information on to our trusted third parties, who'll get back in touch with you. 

Secondary measures included

Once you've chosen a primary measure you can also choose from the secondary measures list which includes

  • Draught proofing
  • Double/single glazing or windows and doors so they meet the standard or double or triple glazing. For doors again upgrading to energy-efficient doors (replacing doors installed before 2002).
  • Heating controls and other insulation: Replacing or updating appliance or hot water thermostats. Making sure your hot water tank insulation is efficient. Adding smart heating controls to help you manage your heat effectively. These include zone controls, delayed smart thermostats and thermostatic radio valves.

Who can install these measures?

Only installers registered with TrustMark and MCS are able to install measures under the Green Homes Grant scheme. They must also register with the scheme administrator.

All of our trusted partners are fully registered for your peace of mind. Find out about the quality framework installers need to follow.

Will the Green Homes Grant scheme replace the existing ECO scheme?

No, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme will still run offering our customers energy efficiency measures to lower their heating costs such as of insulation.
Find out about the ECO scheme and check if you qualify.

Is the Green Homes Grant only available for homeowners in England?

Yes, the scheme is only available for homeowners in England. Other schemes are available if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If I had work completed before September can I still apply for the Green Homes Grant?

No.  A voucher can only be sent for work that's been agreed under the Green Homes Grant application.

How do I know if the tradesperson is registered with TrustMark?

You can trust us to only work with partners who are Trust Mark accredited - this means we can help you find the right company to carry out the work you want.  Anyone carrying out work on your property must be registered with TrustMark. If you're worried about this you can always check on the TrustMark website by simply entering the company name and the type of work they carry out.

Can I use different installers for different measures?

Yes you can, you will need to get a separate quote from each installer but you’ll only need to apply once for your voucher(s).

Who will pay the installer for any work carried out?

You will need to pay the installer for any contribution you need to make. The Government will pay the installer direct for the value of your voucher(s).