£30 million released by government to improve energy efficiency in homes

PUBLISHED: 17:08 10 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:08 10 December 2014

Green deal money released.

Green deal money released.

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Up to £30 million has been made available today to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

To apply householders will need

• A Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) or Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is less than two years old

• A quote from a GDHIF registered installer or provider for work specified on the GDAR or EPC and included on the list of GDHIF approved measures

• Proof of property ownership (for landlords/undertakings only)

Those who got a report in June but missed the deadline will not need a new assessment, while EPC certificates remain valid for two years.

The money has been released through the government’s Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which offers up to £5,600 in vouchers to help with the cost of installing solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “The best way people can cut their energy bills, this winter and every winter, is to improve their homes so that they leak less heat and use less energy.

“That’s why we’ve increased the funding available for the Green Deal to help even more people start saving money sooner.”

Through the scheme domestic energy customers can receive up to £4,000 for installing solid wall insulation (down from £6,000 in the previous release); up to £1,000 for installing two measures from an approved list; up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment; up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.

In June this year £120 million was released, offering a more generous loan of £7,600.

The money was claimed within weeks of being made available, with the final £70 million snapped up in just three days, leading to protests from those who missed out.

Further releases will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next giveaway expected to be in February 2015.

To apply from today or to find a local assessor visit gov.uk

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