How to get a £2,000 greener home reward with this mortgage lender

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The Barclays Greener Home Reward is a pilot scheme offering residential mortgage customers up to £2,000 to make energy-efficient home improvements.

The scheme is designed to help homeowners with the cost of adding solar panels, insulation, a heat pump, and other climate-friendly measures.

Research from Barclays found that energy usage is a top priority for many households along with energy saving tips – three quarters (75%) of homeowners intend to make energy efficiency-related changes to their homes, with the vast majority (90%) hoping to make improvements within five years. 

The research also suggested that the cost is a prohibitive barrier to energy efficiency so they decided to launch the scheme.

How do I claim a Barclays Greener Home Reward?

You can register for the Barclays Greener Home Reward if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You haven’t previously claimed the reward. One claim is allowed per residential property, which must be your main home
  • Have works that meet the criteria of the eligible home improvements list and the work is carried out by a TrustMark-registered business or tradesperson
  • Have the home improvements carried out on the property listed on your mortgage

What green home improvements can I carry out?

The types of improvement covered by the Greener Home Reward includes low carbon heating, such as an air source heat pump or a biomass pellet boiler.

It also covers solar energy, including solar hot water heating, solar panels, and solar batteries.

You are also eligible if you install insulation in your roof, loft, walls, or under the floor or replace your doors and windows with more energy-efficient models.

You can include multiple home improvements on the same claim, although you will only receive one reward amount. It's also worth noting that different types of energy efficiency improvement qualify for different reward amounts. For instance, a new heat pump would qualify for a £2,000 reward while new windows would qualify for £500.

Do I need to have a mortgage with Barclays?

Yes. You must have a residential mortgage with Barclays, pay your mortgage via Direct Debit, and not be in arrears at the time of registration. It must also be your main home.

What is the greener home application deadline?

Applicants who meet the criteria must register for the reward directly via the Barclays website between before May 1 2023. You can see more of their FAQs on the scheme here as well.

There are also several government funding options available for home improvements, for more information check out our page on energy grants.

Sam Webb

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