Green Deal Home Improvement Fund to reopen

Updated on 08 December 2014 | 4 Comments

Households will be able to claim up to £5,600 for energy efficiency improvements in second release of funding.

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will reopen from 9am on Wednesday 10th December.

Up to £5,600 will be available to households in England and Wales looking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Householders will be able to receive funding for solid wall insulation and/or any two of the following energy savings improvements:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Condensing mains gas boiler
  • Secondary glazing
  • Double/triple glazing (replacement single glazing)
  • Flat roof insulation
  • Replacement warm air unit
  • Fan-assisted storage heaters
  • Energy efficient replacement doors
  • Floor insulation
  • Room-in-roof insulation
  • Waste water heat recovery

The scheme

This is the second time money has been made available under the  Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

The first was in June when the scheme launched and £120 million was released. It was quickly snapped up and money from the fund dried up within weeks.

Around £30 million will be available in the latest release for domestic energy customers.

Of this, £24 million will be reserved for solid wall insulation applications and the remaining £6 million will be for the choice of two other measures.

For solid wall insulation, two-thirds of the cost of installation (up to a maximum of £4,000) can be claimed back. All of the costs of installation (up to a maximum of £1,000) may be claimed back for the other two measures.

The scheme also offers to refund up to £100 for the Green Deal Advice Report needed to apply for the vouchers.

And for those that bought a property within the last 12 months, there’s an extra £500 bonus.

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How to take advantage

In order to take advantage of the home improvement fund you will need to obtain a Green Deal Advice Report. Alternatively an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is less than two years old will do. You then need toget a quote from a registered installer for the work specified either the report or the EPC.

Once you have a quote you can choose to carry out the work.

Voucher payment claims will be accepted from 12th January 2015 and should take 20 working days.

To submit a claim households must have the improvements done by a Green Deal installer or another provider registered with the scheme.

Households cannot apply for funding if they are already getting money back for the same improvements through other schemes like the Energy Company Obligation, Green Deal Communities, Green Deal Cashback or the first release of the improvement fund.

Act quickly

Once the funding from each category has been committed, no more applications will be taken.

So you should act fast if you want to take advantage.

If you miss out this time round, the next release of funding is due in February 2015.

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