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Go green for less

Going green has never looked so good as a new scheme will help make it cheaper to become more energy efficient.

The Green Homes Grant scheme launched by the government today, 30 September, gives those wanting to minimise the carbon footprint of their home access to up to £10,000 worth of vouchers to help cover the costs.

Homeowners and landlords wanting to install energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements, which could already save households up to £600 a year on energy bills, can apply for vouchers towards the cost of installation – it really is a win-win.

Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport at Wirral Council, says: “It is becoming increasingly more important that larger numbers of us make the move to a greener and more sustainable way of life. Improving the carbon footprint of our homes is a significant way that we can become more environmentally friendly whilst also minimising our living costs in the long run.

“Often the initial costs of making changes to reduce our heating bills and future proof our homes has prevented homeowners or landlords from installing these measures but the new scheme helps with set up costs and makes sustainable living more accessible.

“Whether or not you have considered making changes to your home prior to this, I would encourage all Wirral residents to look at the options for improving homes, protecting the environment and saving money in the process.”

To check if you’re eligible for a voucher, what improvements may be suitable for your home and the associated costs or to find an accredited tradesperson to carry out the work, visit www.gov.uk.

Vouchers can cover two thirds of the cost on insulation and heating upgrades, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Low income households can receive vouchers to cover 100% of the improvement costs, up to a maximum of £10,000. Landlords cannot apply for the low-income part of the scheme.

Vouchers must be used to install a home insulation or low carbon heating measure first before any other energy efficient changes are supported by the scheme. These secondary and further measures that can be supported include draught proofing, window glazing or hot water tank insulation.  

You can view all the eligible home improvements on the Simple Energy Advice website.

Home energy efficiency improvements are a vital part in reducing local carbon emissions and helping with the local response to tackle the climate emergency. Cool 2, the local strategy to address the climate emergency, indicates at least 100,000 homes in Wirral need to be upgraded by 2030 alone.