Want to save money on your energy bills? The government is offering up to £10,000 to make your home more energy efficient.
The new Green Homes Grant goes live at the end of September, so make sure you’re ready to apply and secure your share.
If you qualify and are successful, you could get a voucher worth up to £10,000 to make improvements that will:
- save money on your bills
- make your home more comfortable
- help tackle climate change.
“We’re taking decisive steps to tackle the climate and ecological emergency and now residents can too,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.
“Making our buildings net carbon zero is a major element of this fight. The Green Homes Grant means that residents from all corners of the borough can benefit from changes in their home that will help reduce both their carbon footprint and their energy bills.”
How does it work?
If your household is on a low income you can apply for 100 per cent of the cost of improvements, up to £10,000.
All other homeowners and landlords can apply for up to two-thirds of the costs, receiving up to £5,000.
For example, if you’re not on a low income and you install insulation costing £4,000, you will only pay £1,320. The government would pay the remaining £2,680.
Not only could this save you hundreds of pounds per year on your energy bills, it will reduce your carbon footprint too and help in our efforts to combat the climate and ecological emergency.
If you rent your home
Energy efficiency improvements to your rented home could save you money on your bills. Please get in touch with your landlord about this opportunity.
Energy improvements for your home can include:
- insulation for walls (solid or cavity), floors, and roofs
- low-carbon, sustainable heating including heat pumps and solar thermal.
Once you’ve used part of your voucher on these improvements, you can use any left over for upgrading single glazed windows, energy efficient doors, or hot water tank thermostats and heating controls.
How do I apply?
Demand will be high, so you need to act fast once the scheme goes live at the end of September. More details will become available then, but in the meantime, find out more about applying by visiting the Simple Energy Advice website or calling 0800 444 202.
Why does it matter?
More than 20 per cent of Hammersmith & Fulham’s carbon emissions come from domestic heating. We can help stop this simply by making our homes better insulated and replacing gas boilers with sustainable alternatives.
In July 2019, H&F Council declared a climate emergency and ambition for the borough to be net zero carbon by 2030. With more energy efficient homes in the borough, not only will residents save money and keep warm, we’ll slash our carbon emissions.
More help to keep bills down and your home warm
You can also get free advice on how to make your home warmer and save money on energy bills from H&F’s partners Green Doctors. Visit the Green Doctors London website or call 0300 365 3005.
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