The government has recently updated advice about the Green Homes Grant Scheme.
There are now two categories for ways of reducing one’s carbon footprint in the home, and therefore reducing fuel bills. These are Primary Measures and Secondary Measures.
A primary measure is where you improve the insulation in your home (roof and/or walls) and/or change your heat source to a low carbon one such as an air source heat pump.
A secondary measure includes changing windows to double glazing and having thermostats in different parts of the home.
Undertaking a primary measure will then allow qualification under the scheme for a secondary measure.
The grant pays for two-thirds of the cost of these measures, up to £5000 (i.e. a total cost of £7,500) but for those on low incomes with certain qualifying benefits, the full cost is met by the scheme, up to £10,000.
You will need to complete an online application, get a quote from a listed supplier and have the quote approved before receiving a voucher.
The scheme should start at the end of September 2020 and further information can be found at a government endorsed website www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk
Further advice can be obtained from Warm and Well, a branch of the charity Severn Wye Energy Agency, by phoning 0800 500 3076.