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Green homes grant: Everything you need to know as a tradesperson

August 13, 2020

Brief overview of the green homes grant

As eco-friendly alternatives gain popularity and the need to reduce our carbon footprint increases, the Government has introduced a green homes grant for households who want to become more energy efficient.

In the UK alone, heating our homes makes up almost a fifth of our greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, to honour the UK Government’s commitment of reaching climate neutral (net zero) by 2050, they’re offering homeowners vouchers that cover up to two-thirds of the cost of green home improvements.

For further information on the green homes grant and the potential savings to you, check out our Green Homes Grant cost guide.

Benefits of the green homes grant

Green homes grantGreen home improvements not only help homeowners save money in the short term, but warmer homes are cheaper to run in the long term. They also have a smaller impact on the environment and create new work for builders, plumbers, carpenters and other types of tradespeople. Furthermore, these jobs will be protected while the UK’s economy recovers from the impact of Covid-19.

Other benefits include:

  • The opportunity for tradespeople to learn new skills related to green jobs
  • Greater business capacity and growth opportunities to meet consumer demand

What improvements does the grant cover?

The scheme will offer homeowners, owner-occupiers and social/private landlords vouchers to cover the cost of two-thirds of green home improvements. However, these are split into primary and secondary improvements.

This means that, if you’re installing:

  • Green Homes Grant costEco-friendly insulation (solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof)
  • Solar thermal panel installation
  • Air source or ground source heat pump installation

Then you can qualify for a secondary improvement of:

  • Double, triple or secondary glazing
  • Energy-efficient door replacements
  • Hot water tank upgrades
  • Draught proofing
  • Thermostat/heating control installation

A full list provided by the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) will suggest various green home improvements that homeowners can check before applying for a grant.

Who’s eligible for the green homes grant?

Green homes grantUnder the rules of the £2 billion scheme, 600,000 households will benefit from the green homes cashback offer. Homeowners will get up to £5,000 worth of vouchers, while those in low-income houses or on benefits will receive up to £10,000. These improvements can help cut energy bills by up to £600 a year.

How does this impact tradespeople?

Building green homes is expensive. However, as the grant gains momentum, so will the demand for these eco-friendly upgrades. Consequently, the opportunity for more warmth and cheaper bills is a huge incentive for homeowners, who will be looking for quality and vetted tradespeople to carry out the building works.

Accreditation requirements

To qualify for the vouchers, the rules of the grant state that homeowners need to use green homes accredited tradespeople.

For this reason, we’re urging our tradespeople to register for a green homes accreditation – such as the Trustmark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) – as soon as possible.

Sign up now to capitalise on the scheme and reap the benefits of this exciting new fund. Once signed up, why not post the accreditation to your Checkatrade profile?

Summary

  • Tradespeople are being urged to register for green homes accreditation to be eligible for the scheme
  • The scheme offers greater work and employment opportunities for those in the green building trade
  • The £2 billion fund is part of a government agreement to become climate neutral by 2050

Like what you’ve read? We’ve got more where this came from. Read our blog for more tips and guidance on becoming a thriving tradesperson.

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