The government will provide a voucher worth up to £5,000 or £10,000 to help cover the cost of making energy efficient improvements to your home.
Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces.
You must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2022.
How much you can get
If you are on a low income and receive certain benefits, you can receive a voucher covering all of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of the voucher is £10,000.
- own your home (including park home owners, long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
- be a private or social landlord
- Your property must be in England to be eligible for the scheme.
- Landlords cannot apply for the low-income portion of the scheme.
- New-build properties that have not previously been occupied are not eligible for the scheme.
What the voucher can be used for
The voucher must be used to install at least 1 primary measure. This can be an insulation measure and/or a low carbon heating measure. You cannot use the voucher to replace insulation or low carbon heating measures that are already installed in your home. However, you can use the voucher to ‘top up’ existing measures (for example, installing additional loft insulation up to the recommended level).
If you install at least 1 primary measure, your voucher can be used to help cover the cost of secondary measures. The amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures. Example: A homeowner wants to install cavity wall insulation and receives a voucher worth £1,000 towards the work. They can receive a maximum of £400 more for secondary measures, such as replacing single glazed windows with double glazed windows.
How to apply
- Use the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website or government website to check what energy efficiency or low carbon heat improvements can be made to your home.
- Use the SEA website to find accredited tradespeople or businesses in your area that are able to undertake the work and obtain quotes from them. You should get 3 quotes to make sure you are getting the best value for money, but this is not a grant condition.
- You should only enter into a commitment to carry out work once you have had confirmation that your voucher application has been accepted.
- You must make sure the work is scheduled to be completed, and the voucher redeemed subject to its terms and conditions, by 31 March 2022.