In September 2020 the UK Government opened their Green Homes Grant scheme, offering homeowners and landlords vouchers which cover two-thirds of the cost of undertaking certain energy efficiency retrofit improvements, up to £5,000 (or £10,000 for low income households).
At Cosy Homes Oxfordshire we offer a whole house retrofit service. We take this whole house approach because we know that it’s the best way to lower the energy usage of homes and cut carbon emissions as much as possible – as well as avoiding any issues later down the line, which is often the case with individual retrofit measures. With this whole house focus, our service always begins with a home assessment and bespoke Whole House Plan, before we recommend the right measures for your home, in the right order.
The Green Homes Grant has very tight timescales, with work needing to be completed by 31 March 2021 in order to use the voucher scheme. It is also only available for certain types and combinations of retrofit measures (see FAQs at the bottom of this page).
Further, the Green Homes Grant requires you to use building contractors who are TrustMark or MCS certified, to ensure a high quality of work. There are currently constraints in the supply chain nationwide which means that sourcing building contractors who have these certifications is very difficult. This is due to the incredibly high demand that these trusted contractors are experiencing due to the launch of the Green Homes Grant – as well as existing shortages in the building sector which were not addressed before the Grant was launched.
As a result of all of these factors: our whole house focus, the incredibly tight timeline, and the nationwide shortage of trusted building contractors and suppliers, we cannot guarantee that Cosy Homes Oxfordshire can deliver retrofit work on your home in time for you to be able to secure the Green Homes Grant.
If you are already registered and are part of the way through the Cosy Homes Oxfordshire service or are just signing up to the service we will do the best we can within these significant constraints to ensure that you can take full advantage of the Green Homes Grant through using the network of contractors and suppliers we have built up over the last 18 months. But, this may not be possible depending on the measures you’re hoping to install, the availability of building professionals to deliver the work, and the timing of the project. If you are an existing customer and you have a question about this, please get in touch.
Making a single, individual improvement to your home’s energy performance will most likely cause you further issues down the line with the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. As outlined above, this is why we take a whole house approach to retrofit. So, we would not recommend that you use the Green Homes Grant to make a single improvement to your home without having had an expert’s opinion on your home as a whole, as you would through our home assessment and Whole House Plan service. However, if you do still wish to use the Green Homes Grant in this way, you should go directly to the Government’s Simple Energy Advice website to do so.
Finally, and most importantly, if you are generally interested in retrofitting your whole home in the right way – reducing the cost of your energy bills, cutting carbon emissions, and improving the comfort of your home – regardless of the Green Homes Grant, we’d still encourage you to register your home with Cosy Homes Oxfordshire to ensure that you do this retrofit in the most suitable way with support from our retrofit experts. Please be aware that due to high demand we currently have a waiting list for your home assessment and Whole House Plan, and it may be up to 12 weeks before you receive your Whole House Plan.