Property owners and investors can now apply for up to £5,000 in non-repayable grant funding to put towards the cost of energy-efficient upgrades and installations, it has been announced.
It comes after the launch of the Green Homes Grant scheme intended to make up to 600,000 homes warmer and more eco-friendly.
Under the scheme, homeowners and landlords will be asked to undertake a short survey on the efficiency of their home to discover where improvements can be made. This might include the insulation of walls, floors and roofs, the installation of double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and low-carbon heating.
Applicants can then ask for funding for up to two-thirds of the cost of the energy-saving measures identified in the form of new vouchers, up to a maximum of £5,000.
As part of plans to kickstart the economy, the vouchers can only be redeemed with accredited tradespeople in their area who meet Publicly Available Specification Standards to install energy efficiency measures.
The scheme – which could save homeowners up to £600 a year on energy bills – will open to applications from the end of September.
Commenting on the scheme, Energy Savings Trust Chief Executive, Mike Thornton, said: “The Green Homes Grant scheme is a great opportunity to get a grant to cut energy bills. Now the website is live, we urge people to go online to create a personalised plan for energy efficiency in their home as a first step to getting their grant.”
Ian West, Partner at Carter Lemon Camerons LLP, said: “An incentive to make homes more energy efficient is a good idea but anyone contemplating employing a company to carry out the work should carefully vet the intended contactor to be entirely happy with their work.
“Checks should also be made that permission is not required from any third parties, such as a landlord or adjoining owner, before embarking on the work.”
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