Green Homes Grant Update: Double Glazing & Replacement Doors
After being launched as part of the government’s plan to “build back greener” the Green Homes Grant scheme is now closed.
Only 6 months after launching in September 2020, to much fanfare, the scheme will come to an end at 5pm on Wednesday 31st March 2021. The previous end date was set to be 31st March 2022 after a recent decision to extend the initiative.
The Green Homes Grant was launched by the government in September 2020 to help homeowners fund energy efficient home improvements. Through the scheme, homeowners can receive a grant of up to £5,000 (£10,000 for eligible low income homes) to put towards certain home improvements.
The main aim of these grants is to help fund insulation or the installation of a renewable heating system. Once one of these has been completed, you can apply to receive funding towards making energy efficient improvements to windows and doors. This could include, draught-proofing, double glazing or replacement doors.
Green Homes Grant in numbers
Homeowners have been keen to make the most of the scheme, however, a shortage of installers has seen the Green Homes Grant face criticism.
To help meet demand, the end date has been extended from 31st March 2021 to 31st March 2022. Unfortunately, funding is due to be cut from April 2021 with the scheme having £350 million for the remainder of the year. That’s compared to the £1.5 billion it received between September 2020 and March 2021 – over 4 times more.
By the end of January 2021, the Green Homes Grant scheme had received 69,200 applications from people in England. Of these applications, only 38% have so far been approved (3% have been withdrawn or rejected). In the same timeframe, 2,600 households have now had at least one energy efficient improvement measure completed.
On the installer side of things, at the end of January 2021, 1,669 companies had applied for scheme registration. A total of 929 installers (56%) are now listed as ‘active’.
These figures highlight the difficulties the scheme has had in meeting consumer demand.
Can I still apply for a Green Homes Grant?
The Green Homes Grant scheme is still open to applications. After making a successful application, you will receive a voucher which must be used within 3 months or before the 31st March 2022 (whichever comes first).
What energy efficient improvements can I make through the Green Homes Grant?
The Green Homes Grant scheme is split into two parts: primary grants and secondary grants. Depending on the home improvements that you’d like to make, you will either have to apply for a primary or secondary grant. However, you can only apply for a secondary grant once you’ve had work completed with a primary grant.
Energy efficient home improvements which can be made with a primary grant include improving your property’s insulation and the installation of a renewable heating system.
After the primary measures have been completed, you can then submit your application for a secondary grant. Secondary measures include improving the efficiency of doors and windows through:
- Draught proofing
- Replacing single glazing with double or triple glazing
- Secondary glazing
- Replacement doors with energy efficient properties
How to get replacement windows with a Green Homes Grant
To apply for a Green Homes Grant for replacement windows or doors, you will first need a successful primary grant application to improve insulation or install a renewable heating system.
The installer must be registered with the scheme, meaning they’ll have to be TrustMark approved. You can make an online application now with the scheme coming to a close in March 2022.
Green Homes Grant eligibility
The following are eligible to apply for funding of up to £5,000:
- All owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership)
- Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties
- Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including LA owned homes)
- Park home owners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites)
Please note that new-build properties (domestic and non-domestic) are not eligible.
Through the Green Home Grants low-income scheme, you could receive funding of up to £10,000. The higher level of funding is open to those in owner-occupied properties and park homes who are also receiving any of the following benefits:
- Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
- Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income Support (IS)
- Working Tax Credit (WTC)
- Child Tax Credits (CTC)
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
- Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Housing benefit
Everything you’ll need to apply for a Green Homes Grant
Before making your application, you’ll need a few bits of information:
- Name and date of birth of the property owner(s)
- Name and date of birth of anyone living in the property who is in receipt of any benefits
- A quote for the desired work from a TrustMark-registered tradesperson
- Your chosen tradesperson’s TrustMark licence number
Get window and door quotes today
If you’ve had any of the eligible primary measures completed through the Green Homes Grant then you can now apply for a secondary grant. As part of this application, you’ll need a quote from a TrustMark-registered tradesperson.
You can get free window and door quotes from up to 3 installers in your area by simply completing our online form.
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