Green Homes Grant to stimulate home insulation
9th July 2020
Viessmann has welcomed today’s announcement of a new Green Homes Grant by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak. The government will issue vouchers of up to £5,000 per household and up to £10,000 for low income households, to cover two-thirds of the cost of home improvements such as loft, wall and floor insulation, double or triple-glazed windows, low-energy lighting and energy-efficient doors.
“We know the government wants UK homeowners to switch from fossil-fuelled boilers to renewable technologies such as heat pumps, to achieve carbon reduction targets,” says Darren McMahon, Viessmann marketing director. “Yet many properties require significant investment in home improvements, such as insulation, before low temperature heating systems can provide expected levels of comfort while running in an energy-efficient way.
“The Green Homes Grant addresses both challenges and caters for all types of property. It promotes a ‘fabric first’ approach, acknowledging that the best way to save energy in the home is to reduce heat loss and ensure overall heating system efficiency. We believe that vouchers of up to £5,000 per household will positively impact consumer behaviour and potentially also stimulate heat pump sales that have not been forthcoming for financial reasons.
“We also welcome the initiatives designed to improve the energy efficiency of public sector buildings and the decarbonisation of social housing,” concludes Darren McMahon.
Last year, the government announced that fossil-fuel heating systems, such as gas boilers, would no longer be permitted in homes built after 2025.
Viessmann has recently introduced a new Vitocal 100-A air source heat pump. The compact and affordable monobloc unit is ideal for the replacement of gas and oil boilers. Its A+++ rated energy efficiency will benefit end-users with low running costs.
The government’s Green Homes Grant will allow UK homeowners to save money and reduce heat loss in the home by improving the properties insulation.