Warmer Streets Initiative

Government Green Homes Grant

It isn’t often that all of us are offered up to £5,000 (if you or someone in your household receives certain benefits, you may be eligible for up to a £10,000 grant covering 100% of the work) by our Government for making improvements that will make our homes cheaper to keep warm and will probably increase their value. Well that is exactly what the Green Homes Grant, launched in October 2020 is designed to do. This “free money” is on offer to help us use less or cleaner energy in our homes and by doing so reduce the climate heating effects of Carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

In summary the Green Homes Grant will pay up to £5,000* for two-thirds of the cost of qualifying energy saving and low-carbon heating improvement measures installed by accredited firms. The scheme is open for applications now and runs until 31st March 2021 (or sooner once 600,000 applications have been approved). The Government estimates that these grants could result in savings of up to £600 per year.

If you are interested, time is of the essence to make sure you are one of the recipients of a Grant Voucher”.

Qualifying measures include:
* Insulating
* New or additional in lofts and rooves
* Inside or outside Solid wall or Cavity walls
* Underfloor

Low Carbon Heating:
* Air Source, Ground Source or Hybrid Heat Pumps
* Solar water heating
* Biomass Boilers

If you carry out one of the above “Primary” measures, you can also use the grant to cover things like draught-proofing, double, triple or secondary glazing (to replace single glazed windows only), energy efficient doors, heating controls and hot tank improvements. These are referred to as “Secondary” measures.
To obtain a Green Homes Grant Voucher (with which you pay the installer), you will first need a quote for the works from a TrustMark-registered tradesperson or firm.
Your first step is to go to https://www.gov.uk/check-eligible-green-homes-grant and answer a few simple questions about yourself and your home. You will then be shown potential qualifying measures you can implement and help you find installers to carry out the work.

West Berks Climate Action Network (WBCAN), a local volunteer group, saw an opportunity to help West Berkshire (and surrounding borders residents) stretch this grant money even further. It has so far teamed up with InstaGroup, one of just two Government registered home insulation installers in the area, to deliver its “Warmer Streets” scheme, providing homeowners with a further 10-15% discount on cavity and loft insulation. A further £50 off the final cost will be applied when you refer a friend to the scheme.