Brits could save up to £13,500 on home improvement through government schemes

Brits could save up to £13,500 on home improvement through government schemes

11/16/2020

As the weather grows colder, many of us are realising that some home improvements are needed.

Whether it’s new insulation or a heating system, there are a number of Government schemes which could save you thousands on home renovations.

And, the changes made should save you money on your future energy bills, too.

How much you can claim, and the method of claiming, depends on where you live.

Scotland

If you’re in Scotland you can take advantage of the new Scottish Government cash back initiative.

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People can apply for 75% cash back up to the value of £7,500 towards the cost of a renewable heating system.Plus, an additional 40% cash back up to £6,000 for installing energy efficiency measures.

The new scheme is in addition to the £4m renewable heat cash back scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s).

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “This new scheme is part of our ongoing work to support people to install renewable heat measures and improve energy efficiency in homes across Scotland while we also seek to stimulate development of local supply chains.

“The Scottish Government already provides a substantial free advice and support service to Scottish households to support them to make the transition to renewable heat and improve energy efficiency in their homes.”

The scheme hopes to reduce emissions and support a green economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

England

If you’re in England, then you can claim a home improvement voucher worth up to £10,000.

The Green Home Energy grant scheme will provide vouchers worth £5,000 to £10,000 to help Brits make energy efficient improvements to their homes.

These include new insulation, installing low carbon heating and more.

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The initiative should cover around two thirds of the cost of the energy efficiency measures and will save homeowners money on their bills, too.

Low income households are eligible for vouchers covering 100% of the improvements up to £10,000.

You cannot pay people if they have completed the work before you were issued the voucher so make sure you apply first.

The voucher must be redeemed and improvements completed by March 31.

Wales

If you live in Wales the government will cover the cost of at least two-thirds of insulation and other energy efficiency measures up to £5,000, reports WalesOnline.

For those on the lowest incomes, the green energy grant will fully fund energy efficiency measures of up to £10,000 per household, the Treasury said.

You can spend the money on upgrades such as loft, wall and floor insulation, double glazing, low-energy lighting and energy-efficient doors.

Homeowners will also be able to spend the money on eco-friendly boilers, heat pumps and ethical lighting.

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