This scheme is announced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak in July. It is estimated to provide a £2 billion worth grant for homeowners who take measures to make their homes more energy-efficient.
These vouchers are expected to cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements up to a maximum government contribution of £5000. For example, if one is to have a double-glazed window installed, which costs £3000, then the government would contribute £2000, and the homeowner is expected to bear the remaining £1000. Further, if a household is currently on low-income support, they will be eligible for a maximum voucher of £10,000.
Who are Eligible to Apply?
All residential Homeowners are eligible to apply for this incentive regardless of whether you own a freehold or a leasehold property. However, leaseholders with a share of freehold will require to get permission from other freeholders making changes that will affect the building’s structure.
Further, this scheme is extended to property owners under shared ownership as well.
Purpose of the Voucher
The energy-efficient improvements have been split into two categories, namely, primary and secondary, under the scheme. Homeowners must ensure at least one primary measure is installed from the primary category to qualify for the vouchers. Given one has applied at least one step from the primary category, they will be able to claim the grant for the secondary action. The following are these categories:
- solid wall insulation (internal or external)
- cavity wall insulation
- under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)
- loft insulation
- flat roof insulation
- pitched roof insulation
- room in roof insulation
- insulating a park home
Low Carbon heat
- air source heat pump
- ground source heat pump
- solar thermal (liquid-filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
- biomass boiler
- hybrid heat pump
Windows and doors
double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
Heating controls and insulation
- hot water tank thermostat
- hot water tank insulation
- heating controls
Points to note
This scheme is only available for home in only England. However, if one is on rent, they cannot utilize the scheme and could only do so via the landlord. Further non-domestic properties such as commercial properties are not eligible for this scheme. Another restriction of the scheme extends to purchases of newly built properties as the property has to be occupied before applying for the property. Hence new-built purchasers can apply for the project after moving into the property.
The government further instructs to find locally approved tradespeople and to obtain at least three quotes for each piece of work, although only one is required at the time of application. Further work can only be carried out, but tradespeople registered at TrustMark and Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
The process to redeem the voucher.
To redeem the voucher, the following should be satisfied
- Necessary documentation received from installer
- Eligibility criteria are met
- The cost of client share is paid to the installer
- Installation was completed prior to the voucher expiry.
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