Winter warmer

Buckinghamshire’s eco tsar has urged homeowners to wrap up their house for winter with the help of government grants.

Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: ‘Buckinghamshire Council is committed to tackling climate change issues and improving air quality in Buckinghamshire. Increasing the energy efficiency of homes in the county is one way that we can achieve this.

“Make sure you’re one of the 600,000 households who could save up to £600 a year on energy bills by applying for a Green Homes Grant today. By installing energy-efficient home improvements, you’ll cut emissions and help improve the environment.

“If you’re a local tradesperson, I’d encourage you to apply to become a Green Homes Grant Installer.”

Launched on 30 September 2020, the Green Homes Grant scheme sees the government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of energy-saving home improvements for homeowners in England up to £5,000.

Homeowners with low incomes – including those on certain benefits – are eligible for a grant covering up to 100% of the cost of works up to £10,000.

The scheme will improve the energy efficiency of more than 600,000 homes across the country and help households save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

Grants through the scheme can be used for energy-efficiency upgrades such as:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Under-floor insulation
  • Biomass boiler
  • Ground source heat pump
  • Hybrid heat pump
  • Solar thermal.

Further information on the Green Homes Grant, including an eligibility checker, can be found on the Green Homes Grant official website.