CHANCELLOR ANNOUNCES GREEN HOMES GRANT SCHEME

Monday 17th August 2020

On Tuesday 7th July 2020, the Government announced a new £2bn scheme to help homeowners across England improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

The scheme, called the Green Homes Grant is due to start in September and run until March 2021.

The new scheme will see the government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements for over 600,000 homes, supporting over 100,000 jobs in green construction. The vouchers are worth up to £5,000 for homeowners in England, while those on low incomes can receive vouchers covering 100% of the costs, up to a maximum of £10,000.

Tradespeople must register for TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation to take part in the scheme, which will cover green home improvements such as:

  • solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
  • air source or ground source heat pump
  • solar thermal

 In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures. These include one or more of the following:

  • double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
  • upgrading to energy efficient doors
  • hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls

George Webb, Chief Executive of Liquid Gas UK commented:

“While the scheme will go some way in supporting homes in England to become more energy efficient, the Green Home Grant has missed a huge opportunity to ditch old oil boilers for a mix of low carbon solutions, such as LPG and hybrid heat pumps, by instead taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach to low-carbon heat.

“Energy experts Ecuity found that taking a mixed technology approach to decarbonising off-grid heat, using LPG, bioLPG and heat pumps could reach our Net Zero target, as well as save £7bn when compared to a full electrification. So let’s not have a missed opportunity again. UK Government must make sure LPG and Hybrids are included in the Clean Heat Grant, so we can empower change with choice.”

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK