Green home scheme to claim up to £10,000 grant opens for applications

Homeowners can now apply for a new ‘green home grant’ worth up to £10,000 to make their property more eco-friendly.

Grants are being offered for a range of ‘primary’ projects – from cavity wall, loft and underfloor insulation to installing ground source or air heat pumps, as well as putting solar thermal panels on the roof. 

The grants can cover two thirds of the total cost of the home improvements planned. So if you spend £2,000 on cavity wall insulation the Government will stump up £1,333 towards the final bill.

Apply now: The new Green Home Grant scheme has opened for applications

Apply now: The new Green Home Grant scheme has opened for applications

Apply now: The new Green Home Grant scheme has opened for applications

You can also use the grant towards other approved ‘secondary measures’, such as draught proofing, putting in double-glazing or installing a ‘smart’ thermostat.

To be eligible, you must live in England and have the work completed by the end of next March. You can only use an installer accredited by Simple Energy Advice that is administering the scheme on behalf of the Government.

The maximum amount you can claim is £5,000 for most homes but where at least one occupant is on benefits such as income support or universal credit, it is possible to apply for as much as £10,000.

Contact Simple Energy Advice for details – and find accredited traders in your area from whom they can get a quote. Phone 0800 444 202 or visit and click on the ‘green homes grant’ link for details. 

The website has a questionnaire that enables you to check if your home improvement plans are eligible for a grant.

Tom Lyon, a director at comparison website Energyhelpline, says: ‘With millions of homes poorly insulated, this grant offers a great chance for households to boost their homes’s energy efficiency – and lower bills.’ 

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