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Funding available to make your home more energy efficient

by Jonathan Kearney

Homeowners and landlords in Knowsley could be eligible for up to £5,000 to upgrade the energy performance of their home.

Low income households could also be eligible for up to £10,000 government funding as part of the £2bn Green Homes Grant.

Homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for a voucher to fund up to two thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy performance of their home. Low income households will be eligible for up to 100% government funding.

The Green Homes Grants will give homeowners and social/private landlord, vouchers to install one or more of the following measures:

  • Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
  • Air source or ground source heat pump
  • Solar thermal

In addition, households can also use their voucher for further energy saving measures including replacing single glazing, energy efficient doors, thermostats and heating controls.

Households will be offered a list of approved TrustMark and MCS registered tradespeople in their local area who are able to carry out the work. At least one of the primary measures, such as cavity wall insulation, must be installed to qualify for funding.

More guidance for funding can be found online.

Eligibility

For up to £5000 of funding where the householder pays one third of the cost, the following properties may be eligible:

  • All owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
  • Landlords of private rented properties
  • Landlords of social sector rented properties
  • Park home owners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites)

Households on low income who are owner occupiers and in receipt of income-based or disability benefits may get 100% subsidy up to a maximum government contribution of £10,000.

More information about the scheme can be found on the Simple Energy Advice website and the Knowsley Council website.