What measures does the Green Homes Grant cover?
There are two categories of improvements: primary and secondary measures. You are able to apply for a voucher to install one or more of the following ‘primary’ measures:
- Solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, under-floor insulation or roof insulation (including loft, flat roof and room-in-roof) and park home insulation
- Air source heat pump or ground source heat pump
- Solar thermal heating
As long as you are installing one or more primary measures, you can also use your voucher for one or more improvement on the ‘secondary measures’ list. The cost of the secondary measure cannot be greater than the cost of the primary measure:
- Replacing single glazing with double/triple glazing or installing secondary glazing
- Upgrading doors (installed before 2002) with energy efficient replacements
- Hot water tank insulation
- A range of heating controls – including hot water tank thermostats, thermostatic radiator valves and smart heating controls.
We know this list can be a little overwhelming, and it’s hard to know where to start. Every home is different, but through our home assessment and Whole House Plan service, we can help you to understand which of these measures makes sense for your home – as well as making sure the measures are designed and installed correctly to avoid issues later down the line.
If I want to use the Green Homes Grant to make stand alone improvements to my home, but I do not want a Whole House Plan, what is the best approach?
Cosy Homes Oxfordshire is not always the right route for everyone.
Our focus is on a whole house retrofit approach, assessing a house in its entirety with the aim of producing bespoke and comprehensive recommendations to make that home as energy efficient as possible, likely including several different measures and areas of improvement. These can be split up into several phases of work, and if you do choose to work with us we’ll ensure that the first phase of work is set up to maximise the potential of the Green Homes Grant – within the context of the overall plan. This approach ensures a home is made as energy efficient as possible. It also avoids issues later down the line where individual measures have been installed without considering how they work in the house as a whole. So, we’d always recommend coming to us for a home assessment and Whole House Plan initially, to ensure you have all the information you need. We can then help you to put this plan into place and remove all the hassle from the project.
However, if you’re looking to undertake smaller retrofit improvements to your home, it may be more cost-effective to manage the project and source contractors yourself. We can also only work with homeowners in Oxfordshire (or close by) currently. However, we want to stress that it’s always best to use the whole house approach to retrofit. If you do choose to undergo a retrofit yourself or install a single measure, make sure you bear in mind that by taking this approach – unless you are an expert in energy use in residential buildings yourself – you are likely compromising the best long-term energy solutions for your home.
You can find out more information and find local contractors near you to deliver the work by heading over to the Simple Energy Advice website
Who can I contact if I have an additional question?
If you have a question about the Green Homes Grant and how to access it through Cosy Homes Oxfordshire that we haven’t answered on this page, please get in touch with us by email to email@example.com or by phone 0300 303 1269 (open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, closed bank holidays).