How to apply for £5,000 home improvement voucher

Thousands of people will be able to get a £5,000 home improvement voucher this month, under a new scheme.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the scheme to make homes more energy efficient in July.

Up to 100,000 jobs could be created as part of the new initiative, in areas such as insulation and plumbing.

Mr Sunak 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.

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In total the government estimates that the measures could save families up to £600 a year on gas and electricity – reports Mirror Online.

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

  • solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation

  • air source or ground source heat pump

  • solar thermal

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

  • double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing

  • upgrading to energy efficient doors

  • hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls

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How to apply for the home improvement scheme

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.

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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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