The £2 billion Green Homes Grant will be going live at the end of September, and the inclusion of heat pumps as one of the measures has been welcomed by Daikin UK.
The government has set out further details of the range of measures included and how consumers in England will be able to claim the new vouchers, which are worth up to £5,000 for homeowners. Households on low income can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000.
Tradespeople must register for TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation to take part in the scheme, which will cover green home improvements ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the installation of low-carbon heating, like heat pumps or solar thermal – measures that could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.
The Green Homes Grants will give homeowners, including owner occupiers and social/private landlords, vouchers to install one or more of the following:
- solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- air source or ground source heat pump
- solar thermal
In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures. These include one or more of the following:
- double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- upgrading to energy efficient doors
- hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls
Iain Bevan, Commercial Manager – Heating & Renewables at Daikin, said: “Confirmation that the ludGreen Homes Grants will ince heat pumps is extremely positive news and an important step in helping improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes, alongside creating more green job opportunities.
“Heat pumps offer some of the biggest energy efficiency and cost savings for consumers, however awareness of these benefits is generally lower than other technologies, such as insulation or solar panels.
“There’s a clear role for our industry in educating consumers to help them make the right decisions for their homes, while ensuring our network of tradespeople can take advantage of the opportunities arising from the scheme.
“As part of our Energy for Change campaign, which aims to increase understanding of the benefits of heat pumps, we recently launched the Sustainable Home Network. As well as providing training and support for installers as the UK shifts to eco-friendly heating, this network will be vital in helping homeowners find MSC certified providers.”