Making the most of the Green Homes Grant with ROCKWOOL
The reduction of carbon emissions throughout the UK is an important element of the Government’s agenda, with a legislative commitment passed in June 2019 for reaching ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050. Part of the Government’s strategy involves helping homeowners to make changes to their own homes which add value and deliver better energy efficiency.
The latest homeowner incentive scheme to be launched by the Government is the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme, which will see over 600,000 homes in England benefit from funding towards improvement projects which deliver an energy efficiency upgrade.
The Government will provide vouchers which subsidise two-thirds of energy-efficient home improvements up to the value of £5,000 – or, for low income owner occupiers and those receiving income-based or disability benefits, a subsidy for 100% of costs up to £10,000.
The Green Homes Grant will launch by the end of September 2020, and the home improvement projects that qualify are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures. Insulation is a primary measure, as are low-carbon heating systems. Secondary measures include draft proofing, windows and doors, and heating control panels.
Insulating a loft is one of the most effective ways to increase energy efficiency in a dwelling, making insulation an excellent use of the Green Homes Grant subsidy – especially as homeowners cannot spend more on secondary measures than they do on primary measures.