Is the New Green Homes Grant All It's Cracked Up to Be?

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In July 2020 the government announced the Green Homes Grant - a £500m scheme to help homeowners improve the thermal efficiency of their home. A grant of up to £5,000 is available to all homeowners, including long-lease and shared freehold properties, to help cover the cost of insulation, double or triple glazing and low carbon heating systems. 

The maximum grant rises to £10,000 for household where at least one of the occupants are receiving a disability allowance. 

Tim Pullen

Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes and writes on the subject for magazines and national newspapers. He is the author of The Sustainable Building Bible, Simply Sustainable Homes and Anaerobic Digestion - Making Biogas - Making Energy: The Earthscan Expert Guide.

His interest in renewable energy and sustainability was first inspired by visits to the Royal Festival Hall heat pump and the Edmonton heat-from-waste projects. In 1979

this initial burst of enthusiasm lead to him trying (and failing) to build a biogas digester to convert pig manure into fuel, at a Kent oast-house, his first conversion project.

Moving in 2002 to a small-holding in South Wales, providing as it did access to a wider range of natural resources, fanned his enthusiasm for sustainability. He went on to install renewable technology at the property, including biomass boiler and wind turbine.

He formally ran energy efficiency consultancy WeatherWorks and was a speaker and expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the country.