GDHIF phase 3 will be released on 16th March 2015
From mid-day on Monday 16th March, householders in England and Wales will be able to enjoy a warmer home thanks to the third release of the governments Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).
The popular scheme, which offers up to £5600 to householders in England and Wales, will help with the cost of installing a selection of energy saving measures including cavity wall insulation, floor insulation and external wall insulation.
For the third release of funding, domestic energy customers will be able to receive the following:
- up to £3750 for installing solid wall insulation;
- and/or up to £1250 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
Householders can apply for the third release of GDHIF vouchers until all of the £70 million available has been allocated. At this point the scheme will automatically close.
To qualify all of the following must apply:
- you’re improving a domestic property in England or Wales that you own or live in
- you have either a Green Deal advice report or an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that’s less than 2 years old
- the improvements you’re applying for are covered by the scheme and recommended in your EPC or Green Deal advice report
- you use a Green Deal provider or installer registered with the GDHIF
You must also meet the scheme’s terms and conditions
You can’t apply if you’re already receiving money back for the same improvements through other schemes. For example, the Energy Company Obligation, Green Deal Communities, Green Deal Cashback or the first release of GDHIF.
In addition, you can’t apply for the GDHIF on behalf of your clients if you’re a managing agent.
You can apply for the GDHIF if you’re a landlord, unless you’ve received more than €200,000 (£160,000) of de minimis funding in the last 3 financial years.
You can also apply if you’re a tenant in social or private rented housing. The person paying for the majority of the improvements gets the money back.
How to claim
- Ensure that you have an up-to-date Green Deal Assessment or an EPC for your property.
- Agree a quote from an approved Green Deal installation company, that’s registered with the Home Improvement Fund.
- Apply for a Home Improvement Fund voucher before you start the work.
- Complete the work.
- Ask your Green Deal provider to complete the final sections of the voucher.
- Follow the instructions on the voucher to make your claim – you must do this before the expiration date on the voucher.
Funds are limited and DECC may vary the terms of the scheme (including the incentive rates) or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.