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Green Homes Scheme

Are you eligible for the Green Homes Scheme?

Green Homes Scheme. As a homeowner or landlord, you could be entitled to vouchers worth up to £10k under the UK’s Green Homes Scheme. Discover more and start making your home more energy efficient.
 
IU Energy is a Government Approved Green Homes Scheme supplier for: –
 
  • Solar Thermal Panels
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps

If you have a voucher for any of these technologies, you’re in the right place.

How do I apply for the Green Homes Scheme grant?

If you haven’t applied for your Green Homes Scheme voucher yet, please follow this link and let us know when you qualify. 

The Green Homes Scheme Grants will give homeowners, including owner occupiers and social/private landlords, vouchers to install one or more of the following:

  • Air source or ground source heat pump
  • Solar thermal
  • Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation

IU Energy will –

  • Answer all your questions on Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps
  • Assess your property suitability for a Solar Thermal Array or Heat Pump
  • Accurately calculate your savings
  • Accurately calculate your return on investment
  • Provide a fixed cost quote for installation
  • Design your system 
  • Install it
  • Maintain it

Get In Touch

If you have questions or already have your voucher, simply fill in the form below or call us on 01752 26 26 26 to speak with one of our Green Homes Scheme experts.

FAQs

Start here. This is the link to the Government portal where you can check your eligibility and apply for your voucher. You can also paste the following link into your browser: -https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/green-homes-grant

If the proposed works are deemed suitable, a voucher will be issued to you.

You will also need to obtain a quote from an approved installer, such as IU Energy. Only TrustMark registered AND MCS certified companies can take part in this scheme – IU Energy is an approved supplier for this scheme. 

Providers of the Green Homes Grant Scheme must be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) AND TrustMark accredited to take part in the scheme, which will cover green home improvements ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the installation of low-carbon heating, like heat pumps or solar thermal.

IU Energy is MCS and Trustmark accredited for Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps, and has a wealth of experience in delivering commercial, public sector and domestic renewable energy solutions. 

The Green Home Grants Scheme is a new scheme by the UK Government.

The aim of the scheme is to enable homeowners and landlords to upgrade their homes and properties with energy-saving features, such as solar thermal panels, air source and ground source heat pumps, insulation or double glazing, in order to reduce energy usage and improve the energy efficiency of a property.

Under the scheme, the UK Government will provide homeowners and landlords with vouchers worth up to a maximum of £10,000.

Most homeowners and landlords will receive vouchers up to £5,000, whilst those on low incomes will receive up to £10,000. But depending on which category you fall into; the scheme works slightly differently.

The Green Homes Grant will cover a variety of energy saving home improvements.

The measures are split into two parts – primary and secondary. Below is a broad list of the measures included, but these are subject to approval.

Primary measures

  • Air or ground source heat pumps
  • Solar thermal
  • Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall, loft, flat roof, room in room, or roof insulation

Secondary measures

  • Double glazing, triple glazing, and secondary glazing
  • Upgrading doors to energy efficient alternatives (replacement of doors fitted prior to 2002)
  • Draught proofing
  • Hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls, as well as thermostatic radiator valves, smart heating controls, or zone controls

You can have one or more of the above under the scheme.

To qualify for the secondary measures, you must have one of the primary measures carried out and the cost of the secondary measures must not exceed that of the primary measure(s).

The Government confirmed on the 4th August that all owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership properties) will be eligible to use the general £5,000 voucher scheme – though it’s likely leaseholders and those with a share-of-freehold type lease will need to get permission from the (other) freeholder(s) before making any changes that affect the building.

Landlords of private rented and social domestic housing can also use the scheme, along with park homeowners. 

It’s also confirmed new-build domestic properties and all non-domestic properties, for example commercial premises, DON’T qualify for the green home vouchers.

To get the voucher, you will be shown the energy efficiency measures that the voucher can be used for. All you then must do is obtain a quote from an accredited supplier, such as IU Energy.

Once you have received your quote and the type of work is approved, the voucher will be issued.

For those who aren’t classed as being on a low income, the vouchers will be worth up to a maximum of £5,000, and can only cover 2/3 of the total cost. For those on a low income, the vouchers are worth up to £10,000 and can cover 100% of the cost.

The Green Homes Grant scheme is due to end in March 2021. It will run for a total of six months, from September 2020 to March 2021.

The information we have at the moment is that you must have applied for your voucher by the end of 2020, and your installation must be complete, with the voucher redeemed by the end of March 2021.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, we recommend most homeowners make use of the grant.

Installing energy saving measures into your home can help to lower energy bills, saving you money each month, whilst also helping the environment.

The scheme is designed with the aim of lowering energy bills, while at the same time creating more jobs for the UK economy, touted as “green jobs”.

For domestic applications, RHI is paid quarterly over 7 years for approved Heat Pump and Solar Thermal installations.

It is still payable after you have received your Green Homes Grant but you will need to apply separately.  However, the Grant amount will be deducted from the total amount you are entitled to under the RHI scheme.

So, the steps are: –

  1. Get your Green Homes Grant voucher first
  2. Then apply for RHI

At the moment, the scheme is only available to households in England.

No. The scheme is only available to existing buildings as a retrofit. However, we understand that self-builders may be able to obtain the Grant.

Government tell us that the whole process will be extremely fast, which it has to be given the compressed timescales within which the scheme is operating.

As the scheme has not yet been released, you can get a quote beforehand and it may be helpful for you to get an idea of the total cost.

You should not place an order for  your work until you have been issued a voucher however, as you will be liable for the entire cost of your installation, which may cause hardship.

The voucher has a cash value which you will use as part payment towards your installation.

Only accredited installers such as IU Energy are able to accept these vouchers as only they can claim them from Government.

You will have to make up any excess cost for your installation from your own funds or other means of finance and you must be sure you can meet this excess before placing your order. E.g.

  • Voucher value = £5,000
  • Total cost of your work = £8,000
  • Cash/finance you have to find = £3,000

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