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3rd September 2020  |  News

Government Green Grant Explained

You may remember the Green Deal, which opened again for applications in 2017 after the original scheme closed in 2015, as a way to help homeowners make energy saving improvements to their homes. September has seen the launch of the Green Grant for residents of England, offering a contribution of up to £10,000 for energy saving home improvement projects until March 2021.

First, we will clear up the confusion between the green deal and green grant, as they are separate schemes. 

Green deal is essentially a government loan, to help you make energy-saving improvements to your home. Eligible improvements includes insulation, heating, draught-proofing, double glazing and renewable energy generation.

Unlike the green grant, it is a loan that must be repaid, but annual repayments will not exceed the annual savings you make on energy bills having carried out improvements.

To apply for this, a Green Deal assessor will visit your home to find out a little about your home, such as how many people live there, how often you use your heating and if you have any energy saving measures in place already. They will also ask to see recent energy bills.

Green deal also remains with a property, so if you sell your home, the new owners will have to continue to pay back the loan.

The green grant is just that, a grant offered to homes eligible for energy saving improvements – it isn’t repaid.

To find out if you are eligible, you must first complete an online application form to see if you are can claim voucher and to find out what improvements are suitable for your home.

Following this, you can choose which improvement you would like and get quotes from local approved tradespeople (you should get 3 quotes to ensure you’re getting the best value for money) 

Before entering into a commitment to have to work carried out, ensure you have had confirmation that your grant application has been accepted. Once the work has been carried out, the grant will be issued directly to the company who has carried out the work.

There is, however, somewhat of a grey area as to what is covered and how the grant actually works.

So, here’s Team Solarframe to help…

Well, to start with there are ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures, these are…

The first primary measure is insulation, so either solid wall, cavity wall, under floor or loft. You can also apply to ‘top up’ insulation in these areas to meet the recommended requirements. It’s worth mentioning at this point that replacing a conservatory roof with a solid conservatory roof (although contains insulation) doesn’t quality in this category – more on this later.

Installation of Low Carbon Heat, such as an air source heat pump, ground source heat pump or solar thermal is the second primary measure

For you to be eligible for a secondary measure, one of these has to be installed first.

Secondary measures can only be subsidised by the amount provides for the primary method. For example if a household receives £1000 for cavity wall insulation, then they can only receive a maximum of £1000 towards secondary measure.

However, this only applies if it remains within the allocated grant, so for example if £5000 is granted and £4000 is spent on a primary measure, then only £1000 remains available for the secondary measure.

So what classes as a secondary measure?

Heating controls and insulation such as appliance thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls all apply, as does draft proofing.

Windows come into this category, but only if single glazing is being replaced with double or triple glazing (you can’t replace double with double, or double with triple). Doors also are eligible, but only if a door installed prior to 2002 is being upgraded.

Vouchers are paid directly to your chosen tradesperson (who also must be accredited and be registered to accept the scheme) rather than being issued in the form of cash.

You can access support and advice from the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) service, who will suggest home improvements, which you may be eligible for and offered a list of registered tradespeople to carry out the work. Once this is agreed, then the grant will be issued.

The majority of conservatories will not qualify. As it is classed as separate to the main property (has a dividing wall or door in between) it also doesn’t contribute to the overall EPC of the property and therefore exempt. If you’re conservatory was open plan and has single glazing, it would be eligible under secondary measures, but wouldn’t qualify for a solid roof replacement.

Solid roof replacement is the easiest way to save money on energy bills in your conservatory. Not only does it have the benefit of making your room usable year round as it regulates the temperature, but also adds value to your property.

The good news is, that we are now offering free replacement frames with every conservatory roof. So not only do you get a thermally efficient solid roof but brand new energy efficient double glazing absolutely FREE  – get in touch to find out more.

Post by Nikki Dunbar