Households carrying out energy efficiency improvements on their home can now get more money back to offset the cost of having the work done thanks to new Government announcements.
From June, people in England and Wales will be able to get up to £7600 back through a new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund so they can take control of their bills and have warmer, greener homes.
The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:
“The best way for households to take control of their energy bills is to use less energy.
“Faulty boilers, draughty windows and insufficient insulation all cause properties to leak hundreds of pounds every year. But advice and support through the Green Deal can help put a stop to this.
“By installing energy saving improvements, families across the country can enjoy the benefits of warmer, more energy efficient homes and lower bills.”
Under the new incentive scheme, which is available from June, domestic energy customers can get:
- up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list; and/or
- up to £6000 for installing solid wall insulation; and
- up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment.
The scheme also entitles those who have bought a property in the 12 months prior to application to qualify for up to an additional £500 if they carry out energy efficiency improvements.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund also applies to private or social landlords, who can benefit if they undertake to improve the property and are paying the costs themselves.
For solid wall insulation 75% of the costs of installation up to a maximum of £6,000 can be claimed back by the customer. For the ‘two measures’ option 100% of the costs of installation to a maximum of £1,000 may be claimed back; for homemovers this maximum is £1500.
Rates published are guaranteed for the first £50 million, and up to £120 million is available this financial year, using funds announced in December 2013. The incentive rates and the design of the scheme will be subject to review for future funding phases.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will open to customers in early June. Until then households in England and Wales can get advice on how to reduce their bills and make their homes more energy efficient from the Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) on 0300 123 1234 (calls charged at national rates).