£5000 home improvement voucher to help homeowners reduce carbon footprint

Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wandsworth Council is encouraging residents to take steps towards reducing the carbon footprint of their property by applying for a Green Home Grant voucher.

 

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The government scheme provides a voucher to cover two thirds of the cost of energy efficiency or low carbon heating home-improvements, such as insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces. Vouchers have a maximum value of £5000.

To apply for the voucher, residents must either own their home or be a be a private or social landlord.

If you are on a low income and receive certain benefits, you can receive a voucher covering all of the cost of the improvements, to a maximum value of £10,000.

Councillor Rory O’Broin, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Resources and Climate Sustainability, said: “The Green Homes Grant is a fantastic way to help home-owners and landlords transition to sustainable energy and I urge those applicable to take this opportunity to do so as we head into the winter months.

“The combination of winter approaching and COVID-19 has meant that people will be spending more time indoors which will in turn impact both the cost of heating and the accompanying carbon emissions.

“To achieve our carbon emission goals for the borough, it is critical that we support residents and landlords to reduce their own carbon emissions.”

The government has set out primary and secondary measures – vouchers must be used to install at least one primary measure. Residents can then choose to make secondary improvements if they wish.

Primary measures include multiple types of insultation and low-carbon heat sources, such as heat pumps, solar thermal and biomass boilers. Secondary measures include window and door glazing, draught proofing and installation of heating controls such as smart heating and intelligent thermostats.

Residents can learn more about the Green Homes Grant, the approved measures, and check if they are eligible to apply, online at www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme.

New-build properties that have not previously been occupied are not eligible for the scheme. Work must be scheduled to be completed and the voucher redeemed by 31 March 2021.

For more on the council’s climate change strategy see our dedicated climate change webpage.