Shutting out the winter cold with a green homes grant

With much of the UK experiencing severe winter weather conditions this week, it’s a good time to think about how to keep your home warm but also focus on becoming more energy efficient to save money on your regular bills.

Recent research from Nationwide Building Society has revealed that some households could be wasting as much as £330 a year, due to inefficient heating and poor insulation in their homes.

The research is based on data from energy performance certificates (EPCs). Since 2008 an EPC has been needed whenever a property is built, sold or rented, and it gives the building an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G. It also contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs, plus recommendations for saving money.

The society looked at the average savings that could be made on a property if the homeowner had acted on the recommended improvements suggested by their EPC.

There are a number of different measures that homeowners can consider to improve the energy rating of their home, and the good news is that the government’s Green Homes Grant Scheme will provide vouchers that will pay two-thirds of the cost of certain energy efficient improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000 per household. For those people on low incomes or certain benefits, this can be increased to £10,000 and cover the entire cost.

The Green Homes Grant is available for all homeowners and landlords in England and covers primary improvements on home insulation and low carbon heating. Caplor Energy are MCS and Trustmark accredited installers for Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps, which are key elements in improving the efficiency of heating and hot water in your home. We will be able to provide advice and quotes for the best energy-efficient improvements for your home.

Please take a look at this document for more information on How the Green Homes Grant Scheme works.