Hayfield residents amongst you should all have had in the ;last few days a little leaflet delivered to you from the Parish Council and Sustainable Hayfield drawing your attention to the government's Green Homes Grant. We are very grateful to the Parish Council, as part of its wider work on climate change, for generously funding production of this leaflet.
The Green Homes Grant is amazing in three respects:
- it's huge. It offers up to £1.5 billion to homeowners and residential landlords to help fund energy efficiency improvements and cut their carbon footprints, up to £5,000 per household for those not relying on benefits, and up to £10,000 for those on means-tested benefits, and/or Attendance Allowance. Those on benefits need make no contribution to costs, those not on benefits are expected to pay one third the cost of energy improvements commissioned.
- it's got a really short timescale for applications, and for having work done, which will be authorised by vouchers. All works are, currently, due to be completed by March 31st 2021 although it will be interesting to see whether a renewed 'lockdown' will cause a change of heart there.
- it's all to be progressed online via the website identified on the leaflet we distributed. i.e. simpleenergyadvice.org.uk. There is no government-sponsored hard copy information about the scheme. But, for those who might need some help applying for the grant, we have given our energy group's email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a telephone number of one of the group's members (07769 508302) if you want to make contact.
So, if you are serious about securing greater energy efficiency in your home, do have a look at what's possible by this scheme. There are eligibility criteria to be met. We wish you well.