People living in West Cornwall can now get up to £5,000 of energy-efficient home improvements funded by the government as part of a new scheme.
The Green Homes Grant will not only enable households to improve their energy efficiency and cut down on bills, but help protect the environment and jobs, livelihoods and the local economy by creating more work for local tradespeople.
The new scheme covers a range of energy-saving measures at home, including insulation for floors and roofs, double or triple-glazing and draught-proofing.
Under the terms of the Green Homes Grant, the government will offer vouchers to cover up to two-thirds of energy-efficient home improvements – worth up to £5,000.
West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas said he would be encouraging households to apply for the vouchers for the many benefits they will bring.
“I am delighted the government has introduced this scheme,” he said.
“Not only will more energy-efficient homes help families save up to £600 on their bills, but it will also help the environment too.
“With winter coming, anything we can do to make our homes warmer and more efficient is a real boost and there are other benefits with this scheme too, such as providing more work for the local tradespeople who would carry out the work, helping to boost the economy.”
The Green Homes Grant also offers vouchers up to £10,000 for low-income families and is available to some landlords as well as homeowners.
The Green Home Grant scheme opened for voucher applications at the start of October and vouchers must be redeemed, and improvements completed, by 31 March, 2021; for full details about the Grant, who is eligible and how to apply, go to www.gov.uk/GreenHomesGrant.