Green Deal Home Improvement Fund set for relaunch

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund set for relaunch

The government has announced plans to re-open its Green Deal Improvement Fund (GDHIF) tomorrow.

From 9am, the new scheme will make £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation.
More than 1,100 Green Deal-authorised businesses are now registered to provide work under the scheme.

Up to £30 million in vouchers will be available and details of further releases will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next release expected in February 2015. This is part of the additional £100m for household energy efficiency measures announced in October 2014 which is in addition to the £450m already allocated to household energy efficiency over 2014 – 2017.

The £30 million will be split into two categories:

Up to £24m for solid wall insulation;
Up to £6m for two measures from the list of home improvement available under the scheme.
Once the funding under each category has been committed, no more applications will be taken for that category – though applications will still be taken for the other category if funds are still available.

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund launched in June and has already provided vouchers for more than 20,000 households. Through this second release of funding, domestic energy customers can now receive:
Up to £4,000 for installing solid wall insulation;
Up to £1,000 for installing two measures from an approved list;
Up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment;
Up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home
Energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, said, “This fund is a big success story for the Green Deal – helping thousands of people improve their homes so that they’re warmer, greener and cheaper to run.

“The best way people can cut their energy bill, this winter and every winter, is to improve their homes so that they leak less heat and use less energy. That’s why we’ve increased the funding available for the Green Deal o help even more people start saving money sooner.”

To complete the two-stage application process, householders will need:
A Green Deal advice Report (GDAR) or Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is less than two years old
A quote from a GDHIF registered installer or provider for work specified on the GDAR or EPC and included on the list of GDHIF approved measures
Proof of property ownership (for landlords/undertakings only)
House holders are encouraged to get more than one quote, particularly when they are having expensive work done, to make sure they are getting the best deal available.

Energy and Climate Change Minister, Amber Rudd, said, “We’ve already taken £50 off energy bills this year, and have forced energy companies to make things simpler and easier for bill payers, but we know that the best way for households to cut their bills is to use less energy.

“More than three quarters of a million homes have already had energy saving improvements installed as a result of the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal. It makes sense to go even further to help more families install measures so that they see the benefits of lower bills and a warmer home for years to come.”