Green is Serene With the Green Homes Grant Scheme

Jul 30, 2020

The stamp duty holiday took its lions’ share of the news when it was announced mid-July, but the Green Homes Grant scheme also promises to save money. The initiative could see 650,000 households saving as much as £300 on energy bills. 

But what exactly does the Green Homes Grant scheme entail, and how can you “go green” to save a few pennies while helping the environment? From insulation options to the more “out there” use of solar panels, we’re bringing you the lowdown on how to ensure green is serene in your home. 

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What is the Green Homes Grant?

Households around the UK could receive up to £10,000 from the government to make their homes more energy-efficient. While details on the initiative are scarce, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has promised to offer funding for loft and wall insulations, eco-friendly heating systems and double and triple glazing, to name a few. 

Lowest-income houses are expected to claim up to £10k, while others can get a maximum of £5,000 per household. Essentially, you can expect to shave up to two-thirds off your bills by taking advantage of the scheme.

Am I eligible for the Green Homes Grant? 

Again, while there are no precise instructions over how the scheme works, anyone taking advantage of it will need to obtain a quote from an accredited supplier before applying for the Green Homes Grant.

We’ll be sure to update you on all the latest details as soon as they’re available.

How to make your home even greener

Loft insulations and double glazing are all well and good, and the grant will be well received. But the eco-conscious among you may be wondering how to really adhere to green schemes around the home. 

We’ve put together some ideas and inspiration to make homes as green as green can be. Here are a few earth-friendly elements that take homes from being energy efficient to full-blown eco-friendly solutions.

Solar power

Who needs electricity when you’ve got solar power? You might think that solar-powered homes are a rare concept, but their use is on the rise. In the UK alone, there are one million houses powered by solar energy. They don’t even need to be new homes: the oldest solar-powered home in the world is located in the US and was built in 1743. 

Built in the year Thomas Jefferson was born, this ancient home is a fine example of going green, no matter your property type. Evidence points to the home being built entirely from local wood found near the property. It features a solar hot-water system and photovoltaic system. 

Green is Serene With the Green Homes Grant Scheme

Modular living

Modular properties often come up in the conversation of how to fix the UK’s current demand for homes. There are currently 200,000 modular dwellings in the UK, with the number set to rise. These properties include a number of benefits, with energy efficiency one of the primary features. So why not think about adding a modular structure to your garden? Or you could even move out of your current place and go completely modular like the apartments found in Croydon, London.

It’s home to the world’s two tallest modular buildings on the planet, a build-to-rent scheme that stands 38 and 44 stories high (as tall as the London Eye). The buildings were manufactured inside a factory and are twice as energy efficient as a regular UK home.

Green is Serene With the Green Homes Grant Scheme

Zero energy homes

Zero energy homes are so well insulated and airtight [that] they don’t need any energy to run. Zilch. Zero. Nada. They produce renewable energy as they consume from other sources throughout the year, meaning the savings you’d make on the Green Homes Grant scheme look rather meek when compared to a zero energy home. 

Net zero homes can look just like any other property, snazzy architectural designs included. A Portland, USA property is a fine example of net zero homes. This property is 3,990 sq ft., was created in a factory and assembled in a Lego-like fashion. The house is solar powered and 40% more efficient than a standard home. 

Green is Serene With the Green Homes Grant Scheme

Green is serene

Loft insulations and double glazing are all well and good, and the grant will be well received. But the eco-conscious among you may be wondering how to really adhere to green schemes around the home. 

We’ve put together some ideas and inspiration to make homes as green as green can be. Here are a few earth-friendly elements that take homes from being energy efficient to full-blown eco-friendly solutions.