How to apply for the Green Homes Grant before the scheme closes

The UK government will cancel its Green Homes Grant (GHG) from Wednesday – just six months after its launch.

The multi-billion pound program aimed to help low-income households in England make their homes more energy efficient.

Grants of up to £ 10,000 have been awarded for insulation or low carbon heating systems.

However, a number of delays have pushed the system into the background, resulting in only 10% of the 600,000 homes in need of improvement being claimed.

Some homeowners also complained that the application process was too complicated, forcing them to “jump through hoops,” reports the Mirror online.

The government added that many people did not want to apply because they feared they would catch Covid-19 from installation companies.

The program is now being replaced by a local council initiative giving priority to housing associations and people with government support.

Local authorities will have a total budget of £ 1.3 billion to run the project, which is part of the government’s plans to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050.

The government added that many people did not want to apply because they feared they would catch Covid-19 from installation companies.

The program is now being replaced by a local council initiative giving priority to housing associations and people with government support.

Local authorities will have a total budget of £ 1.3 billion to run the project, which is part of the government’s plans to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050.

Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng announced the move and said: “If we upgrade the country’s houses with energy efficiency measures, we can reduce emissions and save people money on their energy bills.

“Today’s funding boost will mean even more households across England will have access to these important grants through their local authority.

“With this latest announcement, our total energy efficiency spending over the next fiscal year will be over £ 1.3 billion. This gives installers the confidence to plan ahead, create new jobs and train the next generation of builders, installers and craftsmen.”

Ed Matthew of the E3G think tank on climate change said: “The end of the government’s flagship green houses program is a tragedy that could be avoided.

“There was a lot of demand for the grants, but the program was plagued by incompetent administration.

“The reality is that we can’t go back to zero without decarbonizing our homes.”

What does this mean for new applications?

The GHG system is in effect until Wednesday (March 31st) at 5 p.m.

The government says all applications submitted prior to that date will be considered.

A statement said: “Following a review, the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme launched last year will be closed to new applications on March 31 at 5:00 PM.

“Applications submitted before the end of March will be considered, and vouchers that have already been issued can be extended upon request.”

What can the THG vouchers be used for?

The DIY activities covered by the vouchers are divided into “primary” and “secondary” activities.

At least ONE primary action must be installed if you want to use the voucher for secondary actions.

Primary measures

  • Insulation (solid wall; sub-floor; cavity wall; attic; flat roof; space in the roof; or parking garage)
  • Low-carbon heating (air or geothermal heat pump, solar thermal or biomass boiler)

Secondary measures

  • Design review
  • Double or triple glazing (replaces single glazed windows)
  • Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
  • External energy-efficient doors (instead of single-glazed or solid doors that were installed before 2002)
  • Heating controller
  • Thermostats and insulation of the hot water tank

The system cannot be used to cover costs such as building an extension, conservatory, or installing a gas boiler.

However, it can be used to fill in improvements in these areas.

Who can apply for greenhouse gas emissions?

Any owner-occupier or landlord in England can apply for a voucher up to £ 5,000, with the exception of new homes that have not been occupied.

Those receiving government benefits will be given a voucher up to £ 10,000.

How can I apply for a greenhouse gas emission?

The following steps are recommended – just keep in mind that the program will close on Wednesday.

  1. Use the Simple energy advice Website to see what energy saving improvements can be made to your home
  2. Receive quotes from at least three accredited dealers on the SEA website
  3. Apply for a voucher with the government Website once you find a price
  4. Do not agree to the work until your GHG application has been accepted

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