Green homes scheme a ‘smart’ move

Danfoss has welcomed the government’s new Green Homes Grant scheme as an opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of thousands of households across England whilst also generating new business for heating installers.

Modern heating controls are among the measures eligible for funding under the £2bn scheme which runs until the end of March 2021.

Subject to eligibility, homeowners and social/private landlords can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy performance of their homes. In order to carry out improvements under the scheme heating installers must be TrustMark registered, a government-endorsed quality scheme, or be approved via the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Danfoss urged installers who haven’t already done so to sign up for the relevant accreditation.

The available measures under the scheme are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ categories. Households that have installed one of the primary measures of insulation and low carbon heat will also be able to install one or more secondary improvement, which includes heating controls such as TRVs and smart thermostats.

The scheme is due to go live at the end of September, when homeowners can spend vouchers on solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation, air source or ground source heat pumps, solar thermal. Further, secondary, energy saving measures can include double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, upgrading to energy efficient doors, plus hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats, plus smart controls.

The government said the measures could help homeowners save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

Gareth Ash, marketing manager at Danfoss, said: “The Green Homes Grant is a significant investment by government in energy efficiency and a step towards delivering low carbon housing. We believe it will provide long term benefits for those who upgrade their homes and create new work for thousands of tradespeople like heating installers – so make sure your business is ready to get on board.”

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