Hundreds Of Thousands Of Homes May Be Able To Claim For Extra Home Insulation
Grant Shapps, the government business secretary, has announced that from 2023, middle earners who do not benefit from any other government support may be able to make a claim, from a pot of £1Billion, for help in making their homes more energy efficient.
The scheme is currently in consultation, and if it goes through, the funds will be available to help insulate the UK’s least energy-efficient homes from April 2023 for 3 years.
80% of this ECO+ scheme will offer households low-cost insulation measures such as loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, and target homes that have an energy efficiency rating of D or below will be able to benefit from the scheme if they are in council tax bands A-D in England, A-E in Scotland and A-C in Wales.
The scheme is expected to benefit households who do not currently benefit from any other government support to upgrade their homes.
The remaining 20% of the fund will target the most vulnerable, including those on means-tested benefits or in fuel poverty.
Those households wishing to apply for the grant will need to contact their energy supplier or local authority to see if they are participating in the scheme. If you are eligible, your energy provider will do a survey and pay for the improvements. The grant is expected to be about £1,500 per household.
It's expected that the grant will be open to not only homeowners but those who rent as well, meaning that no matter whether you own the house or not, you may be able to insulate your home and enjoy the energy-saving reductions that the insulation is likely to make to your energy bills.
The scheme is expected to finish the consultation and be granted in December 2023.