By Ryan Tute, GMCA
Have you got the itch to make the switch and save money on your energy bills?
Residents in Greater Manchester could be missing out on grants of up to £10,000 on home improvements which could save money on energy bills.
The Green Homes Grant scheme aims to tackle fuel poverty by increasing low-income homes’ energy efficiency rating while reducing their energy bills. While also delivering cost effective carbon savings to progress the city-region’s eco ambitions. The grants can be used towards the cost of installing insulation, including external wall, loft and cavity wall insulation, and low carbon heating systems, for example an air source heat pump.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is working with energy provider E.ON to deliver the scheme, although residents do not need to be E.ON customers to apply.
How much can you get? For owner occupiers, the grant will cover 100% of the cost of the improvements up to a maximum government contribution of £10,000.
Who is eligible for a Green Homes Grant? You’re eligible for the Green Homes Grant and Local Authority Delivery Scheme if:
- Your home has an EPC energy efficiency rating of E, F or G
- Your household income is less than £30,000 or someone in your home receives benefits such as Universal Credit, Income Support, Disability Allowance and more.
- Your property is in Greater Manchester
- You own your own home (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
- You own a park home on a residential site (including Gypsy or Traveller sites)
What energy efficiency measures are available? If eligible, the scheme provides money towards energy efficient measures, such as:
- External wall insulation
- Air Source Heat Pumps
- Underfloor insulation
- Room in roof insulation
- Window replacements (single glazed)
- Smart heating controls
- Solar PV
- Door replacements
If successful, what next? E.ON will find approved installers in your area to complete the work for you.