The Green Homes Grant scheme was announced at the end of September in which it’s clearly shown that the UK is taking steps to lessen the emissions of carbon as it’s very important and debated topic worldwide and many problems are being highlighted due to carbon emissions, therefore, it’s a good step to encourage homeowners to make energy efficient improvements to their homes. Homeowners and landlords can take advantage from this scheme in a way that they can get a benefit from Vouchers worth of £5,000-£10,000. This can be helpful for making money, energy and heat saving improvements. Further details given below can give you more information about the scheme.
The Green Homes Grant covers a variety of energy-efficiency measures, funding two-thirds of the cost. The measures are divided into two parts depending on “primary” and “secondary” measures. Households must install at least one of the primary measures to qualify for the grant and secondary measures are covered by the voucher up to the amount of subsidy provided for primary measures.
In primary measure it usually includes Low carbon heat (where the home is suitably insulated), ground source heat pump and solar thermal and many ore enlisted below:
- Air source heat pump: Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) absorb heat from the outside air to heat your home and hot water. They can still extract heat when air temperatures are as low as -15°C. If you have large garden space outside, you could consider a ground source heat pump.
- Solid wall: Solid walls are external walls of a building that have no cavity or gaps. Walls built before the 1920s are generally solid walls, whilst walls built after this time are typically cavity walls, made up of two layers with a cavity between them.
- Cavity wall: A cavity wall is a type of wall that has a hollow center. They can be described as consisting of two “skins” separated by a hollow space (cavity). The skins typically are masonry, such as brick or cinder block. Masonry is an absorbent material that can slowly draw rainwater or even humidity into the wall.
- Under-floor (solid floors or suspended floors): Solid floors are a lot more substantial and require the ground to be made up in layers of ground subbase, sand, compacted hard core, damp proof membrane, insulation, and concrete. Suspended floors are normally made up of 2 materials, either timber joists or a concrete beam system.
- Loft: a room or space directly under the roof of a house or other building, used for accommodation or storage. It’s the best way to prevent this heat loss is by insulating the loft.
- Flat roof: A flat roof is a roof which is almost level in contrast to the many types of sloped roofs. The slope of a roof is properly known as its pitch and flat roofs have up to approximately 10°.They are an ancient form mostly used in arid climates and allow the roof space to be used as a living space or a living roof.
- Room in roof: It prevents the heat from escaping through the roof in the winter and helps keep the room cooler in the summer. It also helps in decreasing your energy bills. As a result, they help make your home feel much more comfortable, and warm.
Secondary measures include windows and doors, Heating controls e.g. smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves and some are enlisted below:
- Draught proofing: It stops cool draughts of air entering the building as well as preventing heat loss. It is a simple, cost effective way of lowering bills.
- Double/triple glazing: Double glazing is the installation of two sheets of glass, with spacer bars fixed around the edge to keep the panes apart. Between the two glass sheets is a layer of insulated air; this air space is often is filled with an inert gas such as argon. Whereas Triple glazing is the installation of three sheets of glass, with spacer bars positioned around the edge. Again, between each sheet is a layer of isolative air.
- Energy efficient replacement doors: A good energy efficient door keeps the outdoor weather out of your house and prevents unwanted heat exchange. It also prevents air and temperature leak from the house. This means that the amount of energy used to heat or cool your house internally is not wasted if you have energy efficient doors e.g. Fiberglass Exterior Doors, steel doors, Vinyl Doors and wooden doors.
- Hot water tank thermostats: Depending on the gallon size of the tank, an electric water heater consists of one or two thermostats which regulate the temperature of the water. The thermostats work by turning the heating elements on when the water cools below a particular temperature
With so many energy-efficient home improvements available to choose from, you may be unsure of which measures are relevant for your home and will generate the best outcome for you. The Simple Energy Advice service is Government endorsed advice to help you plan your home improvements according to whether you would like to reduce your energy bills, make your home warmer, make your home more environmentally friendly or find advice based on your home address.
Now the point is to see if you are eligible or not. The Green Homes Grant is widely available to homeowners and landlords in England. To be eligible for the voucher, you must either own your home including park homeowners, long-leaseholders and shared ownership or at least be a private or social landlord. The scheme applies for houses in England and does not apply for new builds that have not previously been occupied.