The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund closed on 24 July 2014, “due to overwhelming popular demand” and the £120m budget being fully allocated. Applications for £70m were made in the last few days before the fund was closed. This is now another example of short-notice changes in government policy on energy efficiency and renewables. Although much has been achieved by the policies when in place, the rapid changes have severely dented both business and consumer confidence. We need more stability and better leadership.
For more on the fund closure see:
The Green Deal scheme and finance remain available without the added benefit of the short-lived improvement fund.
From 1 June 2014, the Government’s new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund allows you to claim back 75% of the costs of installing solid wall insulation, up to a maximum of £6,000. The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) says: “This is the best offer yet for most people wanting solid wall insulation and a great opportunity to get it installed”.
You can also get up to £100 back for the cost of the initial Green Deal Assessment and claim back £1,000 for installing two new energy efficiency improvements at once from the list below:
- Condensing gas boiler
- Double glazing (replacing single glazing)
- Secondary glazing
- Replacement doors
- Cavity wall insulation
- Floor insulation
- Flat roof insulation
- Room-in-roof insulation
- Replacement warm air unit
- Replacement storage heaters
- Flue gas heat recovery units
- Waste water heat recovery
Plus, if you’ve moved into your house in the last 12 months, you can get an extra £500 cashback on top of all this.
Full details are on the Government’s website.
CSE’s Home Energy Team can advise Somerset households and make a referral to a local company. Apply online or phone CSE on 0800 082 2234.
The Energy Saving Trust offers a quick Home Energy Check, which provides an online guide to the cost-effective improvement measures for lowering your energy bills and making your home more comfortable.