Homeowners in England can apply for vouchers worth up to £10,000 to make their homes more energy efficient through the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme , which opened this week. In most cases it will pay two-thirds of the cost of the energy efficient improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000 a household – but if you’re on a low income and on certain benefits you can claim the entire cost up to £10,000. The government has said the work must completed by 31 March 2021, which may prove a testing timeframe. What’s available? To get the free money you have to commit to installing what the scheme calls a “primary” measure. This could be solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor, loft or roof insulation, or low-carbon heating, such as air-source or ground-source heat pumps, a biomass boiler or a solar thermal system. Experts predict more applications for heat-based measures but it is early days. Once that work is done you can also apply for vouchers to cover a number of “secondary” measures. These include double or triple glazing, energy-efficient doors or smart heating controls. Smart controls look likely to be the most popular secondary measure, which also includes the […]

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