In December 2013, the government announced a three-year household energy efficiency package called The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF). It was launched on 9 June this year, but householders claimed around £70m in just three days and the scheme closed to new applicants after a few weeks due to overwhelming demand.
A further £24 million worth of funding for solid wall insulation was allocated to households in England and Wales through the second release of GDHIF on 10th December. Applications for solid wall insulation closed the following day when all the funding was allocated.
However, subject to terms and conditions, domestic energy customers can still apply for up to £6 million to make energy efficient home improvements through GDHIF, including:
• up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list;
• up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment if that recommends the measures applied for;
• up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.
Details of further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next release expected in February 2015. Funding is part of the additional £100 million for household energy efficiency measures announced in October 2014 which is in addition to the £450 million already allocated to household energy efficiency over 2014 – 17.
Amber Rudd, energy and climate change minister, said the fund was “incredibly popular” but assured householders that more money will be made available in February. “Although the fund for solid wall insulation is fully allocated, there’s still money available now for a range of other measures and another release of funding is expected,” she said.
InBuild is already carrying our surveys and EPCs for customers who want to be in the best position possible to take advantage of the funding release expected in February.
DECC may vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and incentive rates may change.