New Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Announced

The latest government scheme to help households pay for energy efficiency improvements starts in June 2014.

People in England and Wales will be able to get up to £7,600 back on money that they pay for specific energy efficiency measures through a new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation and new heating systems by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements.

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund scheme is designed to help households to take control of their energy bills by using less energy and having warmer, more energy-efficient homes.

Under the new incentive scheme, domestic energy customers can get:
•    Up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list; and/or
•    Up to £6000 for installing solid wall insulation; and
•    Up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment.

If you have bought a property in the 12 months prior to application, you also qualify for up to an additional £500 if you carry out energy efficiency improvements.

Which home improvements apply?

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will enable householders to receive funding for solid wall insulation and/or any two of the following energy savings improvements:
•    Condensing gas boiler (on mains gas)
•    Double glazing (replacing single glazing)
•    Secondary glazing
•    Replacement doors
•    Cavity wall insulation
•    Floor insulation
•    Flat roof insulation
•    Room-in-roof insulation
•    Replacement warm air unit
•    Replacement storage heaters
•    Flue gas heat recovery units
•    Waste water heat recovery systems

For solid wall insulation, you can claim back 75% of the costs of installation up to a maximum of £6,000.

For the ‘two measures’ option, you can claim back 100% of the costs of installation to a maximum of £1,000, or a maximum of £1500 if you have moved in the last 12 months.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must have the improvements recommended on an eligible Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), less than 24 months old, or a Green Deal Assessment Report.

If you are a landlord or tenant, you can apply for the scheme provided you are paying for the improvements yourself.

Call us on 01604 644500 to arrange your Green Deal Assessment or EPC, or for advice on how to make your home more energy efficient.