The Government has announced an extension to the Green Homes Grant Scheme which will see the scheme run until March 2022. A new target to install more heat pumps has also been announced as a part of the Government’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.
Green Homes Grant Scheme Extension
The extension of the Green Homes Grant Scheme will now allow homeowners across England to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes and apply for vouchers from the Government until the end of March 2022. The extension will bring benefits to tradespeople and homeowners all the while helping to achieve a green recovery for Britain. The Government expects the Green Homes Grant Scheme will help up to 600,000 households save up to £600 on their energy bills.
Currently, the scheme vouchers help fund up to two thirds of the cost of the home energy improvements up to £5,000 (or up to £10,000 for low income households). A full breakdown of the vouchers and the measures covered is available here.
Despite the current lockdown measures, homeowners are still able to take advantage of the Green Homes Grant Scheme and have tradesmen in their homes for home improvements, as long as tradesmen follow the Government guidance to remaining COVID secure whilst at work.
£1 billion will be made available in 2021 to help make homes and public buildings more efficient, including via the Green Homes Grant Scheme.
Lord Callanan, Minister for Climate Change, commented:
“Today’s announcement means an extra year to take advantage of this new scheme, helping households and tradespeople who can plan their workload and create new jobs in their communities. I would urge anyone to visit the Green Homes Grants website and see how they could benefit.”
Applications for the Green Homes Grant Scheme vouchers have been open since September 2020, but the scheme has seen massive demand which has meant many consumers have not been able to find accredited installers.
In a Green Homes Grant Scheme survey held by HIES Consumer Code the majority of respondents (68.8%) wanted to see the Green Homes Grant Scheme extended past the original March 2021 deadline. The survey also revealed that most respondents were very busy with customer demand for the Green Homes Grant Scheme with 50% being extremely busy and struggling with capacity.
Adrian Simpson, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for HIES, commented:
“We welcome the extension to the Green Homes Grant Scheme and are sure that this will be great news for many home improvement and renewable energy installers, as well as consumers. Given capacity issues and the original short deadline, the extension until 2022 will now provide more installers with a greater opportunity to take advantage of the scheme and benefit from new work.”
Target to install more heat pumps
In the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan, he also announced a new target to install more heat pumps. The target sets out to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028. This will be a welcome boost for accredited heat pump installers in the sector.
When choosing a tradesman to install your heat pump, HIES strongly urge homeowners to always choose a reputable installation company to fit the system. All HIES accredited installers are continually vetted in many areas to give consumers trust, confidence, and peace of mind.
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