In last months statement made by the Chancellor, it was announced that the Government will introduce a new £2billion Green Homes Grant for homeowners and landlords to help make property more energy efficient.
Under the scheme, homeowners and landlords can apply for a voucher. This voucher will help to fund at least two thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy performance of the properties on their portfolio, to a maximum contribution of £5,000. The government must ensure homeowners receive high quality improvements under its new energy efficiency scheme, campaigners and MPS have said. It is thought that this will be launched in September this year.
However, the chair of Parliament’s business select committee, Darren Jones MP, has expressed concern about how people will be protected from poor quality work.
Mr Jones warned that under previous government programmes, a number of consumers had work done on their homes by suppliers who failed to meet required standards, with many unable to get the redress they deserve. He has written to ministers asking what consumer protections will be available.
The grant will fund improvements such as home insulation and new boilers, with homeowners applying for a voucher of between £5,000 and £10,000 to help with the cost of the work.
More than 13 million homes in the UK have had cavity wall insulation but industry insiders have told the BBC that insulation will have failed in at least 800,000 homes.
Cavity wall insulation is meant to make homes warmer and cut energy bills. The insulation, which can be wool, foam or beads, is injected into the cavity between the exterior brick wall and interior wall by drilling holes in the brick. Badly installed insulation can lead to damp and mould which can have a detrimental effect on people’s health
If you are interested in this scheme, visit Simple Energy Advice website www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk for more information.
(Information taken from the BBC website)