The Government has now released details of the Green Homes Grant programme.
The scheme aims to help those who are carrying out extensive home improvements to increase energy inefficient. Unfortunately, its benefits for our customers are rather limited:
- Grants are only available for those replacing single glazing and cannot be used to replace windows and doors that are already double glazed. That equates to just 15% of the housing stock in the UK.
- The scheme categorises double glazing as a “Secondary Measure”, which means that, on its own, double glazing installation will not qualify for the grant.
Double glazing can only be included as part of a larger project that already includes a “Primary Measure” such as wall, floor or roof insulation, heat pumps or solar energy.
Once the cost of the Primary Measure has been accounted for, you can spend what is left on Secondary Measures such as double glazing (so long as it is to replace single glazing).
- The grant limit is £5,000, which needs to cover both Primary and Secondary Measures. The exception to this is where the homeowner is on a low income, in which case the Government will cover 100% of the project up to £10,000.
- Grants can be applied for from the end of August 2020 with monies becoming available at the end of September.
You can read the full Government statement here. Later this month, you will be able to apply and access more specific advice through the Simply Energy Advice website.
We are disappointed for our customers and ourselves that this scheme is so limited. Due to the restrictions of the scheme, Window Wise will not be taking part in it.
We are confident that many homeowners will still want to improve the look, feel and energy efficiency of their homes, despite not qualifying for the Green Homes Grant. Please contact us for a keen and competitive price for undertaking any requirements you may have.