How to apply for a £5,000 home improvement voucher – new details reveal who qualifies

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Thousands of households will be able to register for a £5,000 home improvement voucher from this month, as a new scheme to make homes greener comes into force.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the pledge during his July mini Budget, revealing it could also open up 100,000 jobs in areas such as insulation and plumbing.

He said the new Green Homes Grant will give over 600,000 homeowners in England £5,000 and £10,000 vouchers to install insulation, heat pumps, draft proofing and more to cut their energy bills.

In total the Government estimates that the measures could save families up to £600 a year on gas and electricity.

“Green home improvements will save people money on their energy bills, help to cut carbon emissions, and create new work for many thousands of builders, plumbers and other tradespeople,” Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma, said.

Three different grants will be available, and those on the lowest incomes will have all of their costs covered. These are for:

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

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Later this month, homeowners across England will be able to access advice and support on improving the energy efficiency of their homes from the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) service.

SEA will suggest appropriate home improvements that homeowners may be able to apply for support in funding.

Households will be offered a list of approved TrustMark and MCS registered tradespeople in their local area to carry out the work. Once the works are agreed, vouchers will start to be issued from the end of September so work can commence.

For example, if a homeowner of a semi-detached or end-terrace installed cavity wall and floor insulation, costing around £4,000, the homeowner would pay just £1,320 – with the government paying £2,680. Doing so could save the owner over £200 annually on their bills and reduce their carbon footprint by cutting 700 kg of CO2 a year from their home alone.

Chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, Mike Thornton, said: “The Green Homes Grant is a significant investment by the government in energy efficiency which will provide long term benefits to householders and the environment by cutting fuel bills and reducing carbon emissions. It will particularly help low-income households access much-needed funds to make their homes warmer. I would really encourage homeowners to apply for the scheme.”

The funding will mean warmer homes for 600,000 households, with those on low income who are owner occupiers and in receipt of income-based or disability benefits, getting 100% subsidy up to a maximum government contribution of £10,000.

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