The government is injecting £30m into its popular Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, re-opening it to new applications on December 10. The scheme provides financial incentives of up to £5,600 to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures, such as solid wall insulation, double glazing and boilers.
The present round of £30m funding in vouchers will be followed by further releases, to be announced on a quarterly basis. The next release is due in February.
The £30m is split into two categories:
- Up to £24m for solid wall insulation
- Up to £6m for two measures from a list of home improvements available under the scheme, comprising: 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, and waste water heat recovery.
Once the funding under each category has been committed, no more applications will be taken for that category, although applications will still be taken for the other category if funds are still available.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund launched last June and has to date provided vouchers for more than 20,000 households. Through this second release of funding, domestic energy customers can receive up to:
- £4000 for installing solid wall insulation
- £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list
- £100 refunded for their Green Deal assessment
- £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has cautioned that funds are limited and it may vary the terms of the scheme – including the incentive rates – or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.