As of today, home-owners are able to claim up to £5,600 from the UK government towards home improvements. You will have to be quick though – the first round of £120m Green Deal funding (released in June 2014) disappeared in just a few weeks.
A Green Deal is a grant from the Government which helps you make energy-saving improvements to your home and find the best way to pay for them.
The improvements that could save you the most energy depend on your home, but typical examples include:
• insulation, e.g. solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation
• renewable energy generation, e.g. solar panels or heat pumps
• double glazings
This time £100m has been allocated to the Green Deal fund and it will be released in tranches every few months, with the next release being planned for February 2015.
“The best way that people can cut their energy bills, this winter and every winter, is to improve their homes so that they leak less heat and use less energy” said the energy and climate change energy, Ed Davey, announcing the new funding.
Householders can claim up to £4,000 for solid wall installation (down from £6,000 last time) and up to £1,000 for two measure from the above list. A further £500 is available for those who apply within 12 months of buying a new house.
For a household to be considered for a Green Deal they will have to have the improvements recommended as part of a Green Deal advice report carried out by an approved assessor or as part of an Energy Performance Certificate. The Government will pay £100 towards the cost of an advice report.
If you were one of the unlucky ones who applied last time and the funds had run out then you will not need a new report and can apply now.
To apply visit gov.uk/greendeal or call Energy Saving Advice Service: 0300 123 1234 Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday, 10am to 2pm. If you live in Scotland then you should contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282, Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday, 9am to 5pm.