Installers urged to take advantage of grant extension

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed an extension of the £2bn Green Homes Grants to “help more households and tradespeople benefit, as Britain builds back greener from coronavirus”.

Homeowners across England will now have until the end of March 2022 to have energy efficiency upgrades to their homes completed through the voucher scheme.

The scheme is aiming to help up to 600,000 households save up to £600 on their energy bills, funding up to two thirds of the cost of green home improvements up to £5,000, or 100% of the cost for homeowners on low incomes, up to £10,000.

Measures covered include insulation of walls, floors and roofs, double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and low-carbon heating like heat pumps, but not gas boilers.

Chief executive of TrustMark, Simon Ayers, said: “Consumer confidence is not only essential to the recovery of the UK’s economy, but also to the protection and creation of key jobs that will support the long-term delivery of quality green home improvements.

“We urge any tradespeople who want to be a part of the Green Homes Grant scheme to apply for TrustMark registration and Microgeneration Certification Scheme or Publicly Accessible Standards certification as soon as possible.”