On the 8th July 2020 Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced a new Green Homes Grant scheme from the UK Government with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of homes. Full details of the scheme are still to be confirmed, but we do have some details about what will be covered and the value of grants available to homeowners.
What is the Green Homes Grant and how will it work?
Homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for vouchers that will cover at least two-thirds of the cost of updating their property, up to £5,000 per household, and for low income households the government has pledged to “go even further” with vouchers covering the full cost of up to £10,000.
Full details of how to apply and who is eligible are still to be confirmed, but we know that up to 650,000 homes will be covered by the grant and that it will be administered through the site https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk.
Will doors and windows be covered by the Green Homes Grant?
Improvements will be assessed as part of a package of measures to improve energy efficiency with those likely to yield the highest level of energy efficiency taking precedence. These measures include:
- Roof insulation
- External wall insulation
- Cavity wall insulation (combined with loft insulation)
- Underfloor insulation
- Double glazed windows and doors
It’s also been mentioned in the press that boilers may also be included, but this is yet to be confirmed.
Installing energy saving measures into your home can help to lower energy bills, saving you money each month, whilst also helping the environment.
The scheme is designed with the aim of lowering energy bills, while at the same time creating more jobs for the UK economy, touted as “green jobs”.
Find an accredited local supplier for energy efficient windows, doors and loft insulation
While details of how suppliers and fitters will be approved for the Green Energy Grant scheme, it’s safe to assume that they will need to be fully qualified and registered with a relevant body or scheme to demonstrate they are competent to perform the work and ensure the appropriate level of consumer protection.
At Newview we’re hopeful that these requirements will be stringent enough to rule out cowboy firms capitalising on a Government backed scheme to turn a quick profit. It has long been our aim to set the standards in the window and door industry, and we are proud to work to the highest industry standards for organisational and environmental management.
Increase the energy efficiency of your home & reduce the environmental impact of fitting new windows and doors
If you’re looking to make improvements to your property, although details of the grants are still being finalised, we can help advise on what options are available to you should you need to upgrade your windows or doors.
At Newview we’re passionate about sustainability and outstanding service, and are one of only a few glazing fitters in the UK to hold both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditations at the same time. We are committed to sustainable growth and take our social responsibilities seriously. As members of SEDEX we look to improve our supply chain management and continuously strive to maintain our recycling levels of 98% and above (we currently recycle 98% of all removed waste products incl. plastic, glass, metal & wood).
Find out about energy efficient windows and doors
Applications for the Green Homes Grant Scheme will open in September and will take place via the Simple Energy Advice website. But you will need to obtain a quote from an approved installer.
If you are looking for a quote for double glazing and to discuss your exact requirements , get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01903 244449.
Further information about energy efficient window and door ranges is available on our site here.
From September, it will be possible to apply for the grant online.