Green Homes Grant and possible scams

Government Green Homes Grant

A government Green Homes Grant for homeowners in England is available from the end of September 2020 and runs until the end of January 2021. It aims to help pay for certain energy efficient home improvements including insulation.  All homeowners can apply for funding for at least two thirds of the cost of eligible home improvements, up to a total value of £5,000.  Some homeowners will qualify for the total cost of eligible home improvements, costing up to £10,000.

You must install either insulation, or low-carbon heating, of certain types to qualify. Funding is by Government voucher and to start with you need to make sure you are eligible for the scheme. Full details of the Green Homes Grant can be found at the Government endorsed web page reached by the following link https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/ or by phoning 0800 444202.

 

Possible scams (This message from our PCSO & Trading Standards)

History has shown that unscrupulous traders may try to take advantage of schemes such as this, perhaps contacting people by phone, or on the doorstep, out of the blue, with the offer of discounted insulation or building work. Sometimes the sales talk may refer to previous work completed at the property. Traders may try to push the need for urgency as a selling point, the official scheme being a time limited offer.

The advice from trading standards is to visit the Simple Energy Advice webpage, or phone them on the number above, before you agree to any work starting so you know whether you are eligible for the grant and what that entitles you to. If you are unsure whether an approach by a trader is genuine perhaps ask for the help of a trusted relation, friend or neighbour.

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