Homeowners and landlords will soon find it even easier to keep their homes warm for less, with the launch of a new government home energy efficiency improvement scheme, being promoted locally by St Helens Borough Council.
Through the Green Homes Grant (GHG) scheme, homeowners and landlords can apply for vouchers to contribute to the cost of energy-saving home improvements, such as including wall, floor or roof insulation, heat pumps and draught proofing.
Grants can be up to £5,000 for most homeowners, while low income households including those on certain benefits can get 100 per cent of the costs of work covered up to £10,000.
Householders benefit from having a warmer home that costs less to heat, and improving home energy efficiency also helps the UK achieve the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Councillor Jeanie Bell, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “We’ll be promoting this scheme as widely as we can in St Helens Borough, and encouraging eligible residents to apply in good time. Improving the energy efficiency of homes in our communities will contribute to reducing carbon emissions and support our long-established Winter Warm work to tackle fuel poverty and winter illness in low income households.
“As we move into the colder months fuel poverty naturally becomes much more of an issue, but this year more so than ever with many residents spending more time at home, either because of prolonged homeworking arrangements or self-isolation due to Covid-19.
“Supporting those homeowners who are likely to struggle will help us to deliver wider health and well-being outcomes by making homes warmer and healthier places to live and support the local green economy, as well as local registered tradespeople.”
Learn more about the Green Homes Grant and check your eligibility to apply at gov.uk/greenhomesgrant.
Tradespeople and businesses that are appropriately certified to install energy efficient or low carbon heating improvements in homes need to register with TrustMark at www.trustmark.org.uk to carry out work under the scheme.