Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme to Stop

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has taken the decision that the Green Home Grant Voucher Scheme will cease taking new applications from 5pm on 31st March. They will refocus efforts and funding on an alternative approach to maximise the delivery of home retrofits and benefits to consumers and businesses.

Unfortunately this means we will be unable to progress any further with your Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme (GHGVS) application and can only apologise on behalf of BEIS for any inconvenience this sudden change has caused you.

If you have already have a GHGVS please contact our team, 01284 812520/ Sales@araninsulation.co.uk  and we will endeavour to accommodate your installation, we are currently seeking reassurance that newly processed vouchers will be honoured.

Is there other grant funding available?

Yes, is the short answer.  

It’s not all doom and gloom we may be able to provide you access to an alternative funding stream, further details below, if not we would be happy to provide you with a quotation for works.  While grant funding may make insulating your home a more attractive proposition even without grant funding there are still savings to be made.  

Increasing your Loft Insulation from 100mm/4” to 300mm/12” could save the average semi detached home £240* on heating bills and as it only costs around £500 for an average installation its nearly paid for itself in 2 years!  You could also add a boarded area for extra storage space. About 1/3 of the heat from your home escapes through your walls. Cavity Wall Insulation is an inexpensive way of insulating your walls, £650, and saving the average semi-detached home over £300* a year it also pays for itself very quickly. Insulating solid wall homes is more complex, and requires a very different approach and is consequently more expensive at around £15,000 for a semi-detached home but it does provide savings* on heating bills.  

Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme Alternatives

It’s likely that our team have already discussed grant funding options with you but these or your circumstances may have changed.

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

Allows homes across all housing sectors to access grant funding.  ECO is means tested but with no income maxima for benefit recipients, other than Child Benefit, and many Local Authorities providing their own Low Income criteria that aren’t reliant on benefits, some allowing incomes over £30,000, it may be an option that suits you.  

ECO will, in most cases, provide 100% funding for Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation. For solid walled homes ECO funding will support insulation works but it’s unlikely to reach the same levels as the £10,000 promised by the GHGVS programme.

Local Authority Delivered (LAD)

Grant funding currently allows lower income households, or those on benefits, with an EPC rating of E, F, or G to receive up to £10,000 towards improvements. Landlords with properties and tenants meeting these criteria could receive £5000.

These programmes are currently limited on a regional basis, with Aran being able to offer LAD in Essex, Norfolk, Surrey and some parts of Kent at this time. If you think this applies to you, please contact our team on 01284 812520 or email info@arangroup.co.uk . Wider LAD funding will be announced later this Spring, we hope to update you further shortly.

Warm Homes Fund (WHF)

Can provide homes with no central heating the opportunity for a grant funded gas connection and a boiler and radiators, for homes across Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex (Braintree, Chelmsford, Thurrock and Uttlesford). Your home should be relatively close to the gas main (or already connected), with no boiler or radiators, and you need to meet the same qualifying criteria as ECO.

Please contact our team on 01284 812520 or email info@arangroup.co.uk

 

*Fuel saving source: Energy saving trust

Link to the Governments press release can be found here

Date : 29-03-2021

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