Did you know that you could receive a financial grant to make your home more efficient?
If you want to invest in making your home more sustainable in the New Year, then the government’s Green Homes Grant could offer you some support.
The government announced in early December that it aims for at least 68% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, and in an effort to reduce the UK’s emissions, the UK government have already introduced the Green Homes Grant. The grant’s objective is to make our homes work more efficiently, which will help us to live more sustainably in the long run.
As well as having clear environmental benefits, the grant also has economic appeal too. You can apply for a voucher to cover two-thirds of renovation costs, up to a value of £5,000. There are instances where they will cover 100% of the cost. Not only will the grant offer financial help towards the cost of your renovation, it could also save you money in the long term. If, for instance, you decide to invest in more efficient windows and doors, you may find that you don’t need your heating on for as long, which reduces your bill!
So, if you’re planning a renovation in the New Year continue reading to find out whether you could be eligible for funding.
What can the Green Homes Grant cover?
The grant should be used to cover essentially any aspect of your renovation which can improve general efficiency. Here are a few examples, with more options on the government website:
- Double-glazing windows and doors, and draught proofing
- Low carbon heating methods
- Insulation (internal/external/roof and loft insulation are all covered)
Are there any restrictions?
The short answer is yes. You will find that there are always restrictions and limitations with any kind of government grant. We have outlined below the main T&Cs which apply, but we always recommend taking a look for yourself.
- The voucher must be redeemed and all works must be completed by 31st March 2022.
- You must own your own home (so you are ineligible if you are renting)
- The type of improvements that can be made are categorised into primary and secondary measures. In order to carry out a secondary improvement, you must have installed at least one primary improvement.
What else can I do to improve sustainability within my home?
Whilst we work towards improving the environment around us through sustainable choices, it is equally important to look after ourselves within our home. Biophilic interior design centres around bringing nature into our homes to improve our health and wellbeing. Look at incorporating natural materials, such as wood and cork, as well as houseplants. You should also maximise the natural lighting and utilise natural colour palettes for the best results.
For more information on the Green Homes Grant we recommend visiting the Government website. We always recommend carrying out extensive research before starting any renovation project. Although every effort has been made to ensure the details of this article are as accurate as possible at the time of writing, the terms of the grant could be subject to change at the government’s discretion.