Green Homes Grant - 4th August 2020

 

Further detail announced on the Government's Green Homes Grant 

The Government has announced further detail on the new Green Homes Grant scheme today, including what improvements will be included, how it can be accessed and requirements for tradespeople that wish to participate in the scheme.

 

What energy efficiency improvements can I get a voucher towards?

Two categories of improvements have been created.  You will be able to apply for a voucher to install one or more of the following ‘primary’ measures:

  • Solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, under-floor insulation or roof insulation (including loft, flat roof and room-in-roof) and park home insulation
  • Air source heat pump or ground source heat pump
  • Solar thermal heating

In addition to one of the above, you can use your voucher for one or more improvement on the ‘secondary measures’ list:

  • Draught proofing
  • Replacing single glazing with double/triple glazing or installing secondary glazing
  • Upgrading doors (installed before 2002) with energy efficient replacements
  • Hot water tank insulation
  • A range of heating controls – including hot water tank thermostats, thermostatic radiator valves and smart heating controls.

 

How much are the vouchers worth?

The vouchers are worth up to £5,000 for homeowners and will cover up to two thirds of the cost of the improvements being installed, with the homeowner paying the balance.

Eligible low income households will be able to apply for a voucher up to £10,000 which will cover the full cost of the improvements being installed, the homeowner will not be required to make a contribution.  Detail of the eligibility criteria are available via the link under ‘Notes to editors’ on the announcement.

 

Am I eligible for a voucher?

All owner occupiers are eligible to apply, including park home owners.  Private landlords of domestic properties can apply for the general scheme only, not the low income scheme.

New build domestic properties are not eligible. 

 

How do I get a voucher?

The detailed process hasn’t been announced yet, but further information will be available via the Government’s Simple Energy Advice website later this month.  This will also provide details of the tradespeople and installers who will be accredited to carry out the work.  Vouchers will start to be issued from the end of September, once works have been agreed between home owners and eligible tradespeople.

 
Who can deliver the improvements?

Only TrustMark or MCS accredited installers will be able to carry out the work under the Green Homes Grant scheme.  Builders, plumbers, insulation installers, window installers – any trade that wants to provide their services as part of the grant scheme must have this accreditation.  RetrofitWorks, who delivers the Warmer Sussex scheme, is a member of Trustmark and is also an approved Scheme Provider, so we can provide accreditation and membership of Trustmark to our members.  If you are a trade and want to find out more about how we can help you become a member of Trustmark – get in touch with us warmersussex@retrofitworks.co.uk or 0330 223 5755.

 
How do I decide which improvements are most appropriate for my home?

Warmer Sussex can help you understand the range of options for your home.  Our Retrofit Coordinators provide expert and impartial advice on how to make your home warmer, healthier and more energy efficient.  Our Whole House Plans will help you understand which measures will suit your home, what they are likely to cost to install and how they will affect your energy bill and your CO2 emissions.  We also assist with getting quotes and ensuring quality work is being delivered from our network of local, vetted and Trustmark accredited installers who are members of our cooperative.  As soon as further information is available on how to apply for vouchers, we will also be able to advise on this process.

 
What can I do to get ready for September?

If you live in Sussex, we can help you find out what improvement will have the biggest impact on the energy efficiency of your home. 

You can choose either a 'Remote Survey' or a 'Home Visit Survey' as described on the Your Options page. 

Once you have decided on which survey suits you best, go to the Get Started page to send your details to us and we'll start the process for a Warmer Sussex Retrofit Coordinator to get in touch with you.

Green Homes Grant - 20th July 2020

 

Get Ready for the Government's Green Homes Grant 

Full details of the Green Homes Grant haven’t been published yet. Here is what is known so far:

 

Get ahead of the game

Wamer Sussex is working in partnership with local community organisations to help the people of Sussex on their journey to an energy efficient home. 

We offer expert and impartial advice to help you make your home warmer, healthier and more energy efficient, and ensure quality work is being done by local vetted tradespeople who are members of our cooperative and accredited to carry out Green Homes Grant work.  

Find out more about your options here 

 

What is the Green Homes Grant?

The Government announced a £2bn Green Homes Grant scheme on 8th July as part of their Plan for Jobs.

Homeowners and Landlords will be able to apply for vouchers to cover two thirds of the value of works to homes, up to the £5,000, or £10,000 for lower income households.

It is likely you’ll be able to use the vouchers for improvements such as insulation, heating and windows. Our Whole House Plans will help you understand which of these suits your home best.

 

How can I get a grant?

You’ll apply for the vouchers online via a government website, and there will be accredited contractors. Once the process is fully confirmed, we’ll be able to guide you in the right direction.

It’s always a good idea to get advice on which energy efficiency improvements will work best for your home and get expert support for the contractors installing them.

We hope the government will announce vouchers can be used for this advice and support (called ‘retrofit coordination’) as it will mean that more people achieve the greatest benefits to their energy bills and homes.

 

What can I do to get ready for September?

If you live in Sussex, we can help you find out what improvement will have the biggest impact on the energy efficiency of your home. 

You can choose either a 'Remote Survey' or a 'Home Visit Survey' as described on the Your Options page. 

Once you have decided on which survey suits you best, go to the Get Started page to send your details to us and we'll start the process for a Warmer Sussex Retrofit Coordinator to get in touch with you.

Warmer Sussex COVID-19 Update - 1st June 2020

 

Preparing to deliver work safely in your home.

Since March, we’ve been working hard to adapt to the new situation we all find ourselves in. 

We are committed to continue helping the people of Sussex in their journey to an energy efficiency home.  We have developed new ways of providing advice and helping you consider your options and are working to ensure we can deliver those improvements in your home safely.

 

Remote Services

Our Retrofit Coordinators can now help you start your journey by conducting a survey of your home over the phone, by using information that you send us or that is publicly available.  We then send you a report that outlines the improvements you can make.  This is a great option for those who wish to avoid visitors to their home but still want to start considering and planning those improvements you’ve been thinking about.  It is also a useful option for those who want impartial and bespoke advice on their home before committing to the full survey and report package. More information about the Remote Survey and Pre-Visit Whole House Plan is available here .

 

Safely Visiting your Home

Our priority is ensuring that at all times we protect the health and safety of all customers, staff and contractors who work with us.

We have reviewed all the advice and information made available by all reliable sources including HM Government, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Public Health England, Health Safety Executive and Ofgem.  We have then distilled this guidance into safe working practices and procedures. 

We will evaluate every visit individually before coming to your home, based on the following four principles:

  1. What is the size and layout of your home - i.e. how feasible is it for us to work safely in your home?
  2. What is the purpose of our visit – e.g. is it an initial survey or are we installing loft insulation or a heat pump?
  3. Who needs to visit your home – i.e. is it a single surveyor or a team of contactors?
  4. Who lives in your home – i.e. is the property empty, is someone living in the home fall within a high-risk group?

Ahead of coming to your home, we will share the relevant plan for how we will work in your home with you and make sure you understand and are happy to agree with it.  This will include guidance for you, if you will remain in your home while work is being done.

 

Communication is always key to a successful project.  Our plan for working in your home will outline how we will communicate with you.  We will require anyone planning to visit your home to reschedule appointments if they have symptoms of coronavirus or have been required to self-isolate.  We will also ask you to similarly notify us so we can reschedule work if you have symptoms or need to self-isolate.

If you have a specific question or would like further information in the meantime, please get in touch either via email warmersussex@retrofitworks.co.uk or call 0330 223 5755.