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Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

GDHIF to end!

On 23 July 2015 the government stopped further funding of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, effectively ending the scheme for new applications from 30 September. See below. See also 'Green Deal axed'.

The GDHIF is back - but act fast or you'll miss out. The government's relaunched Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is a cashback scheme to help finance home energy efficiency measures. But the funding is released in phases, and quickly runs out each time. For example within just one day of phase 2 opening in December 2014, the £24 million allocated to solid wall insulation (SWI) had all gone, leaving just £6 million for a range of other measures. Similarly, the first phase of the GDHIF in summer 2014 ran through £120 million in just 6 weeks.

Phase 3 funding amounting to £70 million was released on 16 March 2015, and the expert advice was to pounce quickly for anyone with a Green Deal Assessment in the bag - this is one of the conditions for applying. Furthermore, the GOV.UK website is hardly encouraging, warning that 'DECC may...suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time'.

And, indeed, on 23 July 2015, this is what happened. The government announced there would be no further funding of GDHIF, and the latest offer will close to new applications on 30 September or when the remaining £4million runs out, whichever is sooner. This move accompanies axing of the Green Deal itself. Existing applications and vouchers will not be affected by the cutbacks. The following is for reference only.

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In the current phase, households can receive up to £1250 for a range of energy-saving measures, including a new gas boiler, double glazing, cavity wall insulation, and so forth. Like before, the measures must have been recommended in a recent Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or Green Deal Assessment. Landlords and tenants can also apply for the scheme, although landlords' applications will be checked subject to de minimus state aid regulations.

Potential benefits for domestic households

  • Claim up to £1250 for any two energy efficiency measures from an approved list (see below).
  • Home buyer's bonus: get up to £500 extra if property purchased within the last 12 months.
  • Rebate on cost of Green Deal Advice Report: claim up to £100.

Improvements eligible under the GDHIF

You can claim for any two of the following measures:

  • Condensing mains gas boiler
  • Double glazing (replacing single glazing)
  • Secondary glazing
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Energy-efficient replacement doors
  • Floor insulation
  • Flat roof insulation
  • Room-in-roof insulation
  • Replacement warm air unit
  • Fan-assisted storage heaters
  • Waste water heat recovery unit

How to apply for funding

Your first step is to phone the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234, who will advise on Green Deal assessment and other aspects of your application. Typically, it wil go something like this:

  1. Make sure you have a valid EPC or Green Deal Assessment Report less than 2 years old.

  2. Select any two of the above measures as recommended in the EPC or Assessment Report.

  3. Get quotes for the work from a registered Green Deal Installer or Provider.

  4. Apply for a voucher by filling in an application form; see the GOV.UK website for more details about the application process.

  5. Have the measures installed within 6 months of receiving the voucher. Note that the work must be done by a registered Green Deal installer or provider.

  6. When the work is completed, the GD installer or provider will countersign the voucher, which is then sent off along with copies of the invoice, etc.

  7. Receive payment within 10 working days if all documents are in order.

For more information and advice about GDHIF or any energy saving topic, phone the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234