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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is to re-open on Wednesday 10th December at 9AM. The opening time for new applications was confirmed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, on Sunday 7th December.

In October, Ed Davey confirmed that an additional £100m of funding would be added to year 1 of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF). On Wednesday 10th December the first £30m of the £100m will become available and further funds will be added through to Year 2 funding commencing in Spring 2015.

Up to £5,600 is available to householders in this latest phase. 

The £30 million will be split into two categories:

  • Up to £24 million for Solid Wall Insulation;
  • Up to £6 million for two measures from a list of home improvements available under the scheme.

Once the funding under each category has been committed, no more applications will be taken for that category – though applications will still be taken for the other category if funds are still available.

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund launched in June and has already provided vouchers for more than 20,000 households. Through this second release of funding, domestic energy customers can now receive:

  • up to £4000 for installing Solid Wall Insulation;
  • up to £1000 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.

For solid wall insulation 67% of the costs of installation up to a maximum of £4,000 can be claimed back by the customer. For the ‘two measures’ option 100% of the costs of installation to a maximum of £1,000 may be claimed back. Customers who have purchased the property to be improved within the last 12 months may be eligible for an additional £500 home buyers bonus. A rebate towards the cost of a Green Deal Advice Report is subject to a successful voucher application, the installation of the eligible measures through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund and compliance with the scheme terms and conditions.

The list of available measures for the £1,000 are:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Condensing mains gas boiler
  • Secondary glazing
  • Double/triple glazing (replacement single glazing)
  • Flat roof insulation
  • Replacement warm air unit
  • Fan-assisted storage heaters
  • Energy efficient replacement doors
  • Floor insulation
  • Room-in-roof insulation
  • Waste water heat recovery

Householders will require 2 pieces of evidence as part of the two stage application process:

  • Have a valid Green Deal Advice Report or EPC which must have been carried out in the two years prior to application;
  • Apply for GDHIF eligible measure(s) recommended on their assessment report or EPC;
  • Apply for a voucher by filling in an application form and providing a quote for the improvements from a registered GDHIF installer or provider. Landlords (or other undertakings) will also need to provide proof that they own the property/ies to be improved.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:

“This fund is a big success story for the Green Deal – helping thousands of people improve their homes so that they’re warmer, greener and cheaper to run.

“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.”

Energy and Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd said:

“More than three quarters of a million homes have already had energy saving improvements installed as a result of the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal. It makes sense to go even further to help more families install measures so that they see the benefits of lower bills and a warmer home for years to come.”

The full announcement is available here.

To become a Green Deal Installer and offer the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, speak to Easy Green Deal on Freephone 0124 478 4260 or email enquiries@easy-greendeal.com or apply online.

If you are already an Easy Green Deal customer please call your mentor with any questions and to ensure you are compliant with the application process, Freephone 0800 612 43 42.

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