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Green Homes Grant and EPC – What we know so far

What is the Green Homes Grant Scheme?
The Green Homes Grant is a government-funded voucher scheme to help domestic customers install energy efficiency measures on their homes, helping them reduce their energy bills and their carbon emissions. Under the new scheme, the Government will fund up to two thirds of the cost of home improvements.

What can the vouchers be spent on?
Homeowners and social and private landlords will need to use their voucher to install at least one of the following, which they will receive before works commence:

1. Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall, loft, flat roof, room in roof or park home insulation;
2. Air source or ground source heat pump or solar thermal (where the home is suitably insulated).

In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures, up to the value of 50% of the voucher (and capped at the amount of the government contribution to the primary measures). These include one or more of the following:

1. Draught proofing – which can be fitted around your doors and windows
2. New Windows and doors - Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing), secondary   glazing (in addition to single glazing) and energy efficient replacement doors.
3. Heating controls & insulation – including appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves

Can a customer get a voucher for work already completed before the scheme started?

No - a voucher can only be issued for work to be completed under the scheme and not before. Voucher applications will be subject to the scheme's validation and audit process. In order to assess what improvement may be available, homeowners are advised to obtain an EPC as soon as possible.

When can members of the public start applying?

Later this month, homeowners across England will be able to access advice and support on improving the energy efficiency of their homes from the Simple Energy Advice service. They will assess your EPC and suggest appropriate home improvements they may be able to apply for vouchers to help fund the works.The Simple Energy Advice service will then offer households a list of approved TrustMark registered businesses including those approved via the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) in their local area to carry out the work. Once the works are agreed, vouchers will start to be issued from the end of September so work can commence.


Half of UK homeowners to apply for goverment's Green Energy Grant

More than half of UK homeowners are planning to apply for the government’s new Green Energy Grant, research suggests.The grant, which was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in July’s budget and will be available from September, will cover at least two thirds of the cost of energy-saving home improvements. The average UK household can apply for up to £5,000 ($6,396), while the poorest households can claim as much as £10,000. So far, 51% of homeowners are planning to apply for the scheme, while another 26% are seriously considering it, according to a MoneySuperMarket survey of 2,000 people. The scheme could save Brits up to £300 a year on bills, Sunak said in his announcement speech. It is part of a wider “green” recovery plan that will also see £1bn go towards making public buildings, such as schools and hospitals, more energy-efficient. “There are several measures households can undertake to make their homes more energy efficient — from loft, wall and floor insulation, to adding double-glazed windows, among other things,” said Stephen Murray, energy expert at MoneySuperMarket. To order your Green Homes Grant EPC simply click https://www.agentgreen.co.uk/job/homeownerepc - Courtesy of Yahoo News

Green Homes Grant to be based on EPC Recommendations

Following the chancellors -Rishi Sunak announcements, Homeowners and Landlords will be eligible for vouchers worth up to £5,000 towards the cost of energy efficient home improvements. The grant will cover at least two thirds of the cost up to £5,000 but for lower income households vouchers up to £10,000 will be available. Homeowners will be able to use the money for the following measures; Loft Insulation, Wall and Floor Insulation, New Boilers, Heat Pumps, Double Glazing Windows and Doors & Low Energy Lighting. The scheme is due to open in September and Homeowners are advised to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate now which will show the required recommended measures for which the funding is required. oRDER your EPC for GREEN HOMES GRANT now - https://www.agentgreen.co.uk/job/homeownerepc?

Confirmed - An EPC is required for sales and lettings during Covid 19 Lockdown

HM Government published guidelines on the 2nd April which confirmed that an EPC would still be required for sales and letting of both commercial and domestic property.

An EPC is a legal requirement when a property is sold, let or constructed and must be completed by an accredited assessor using standard assessment procedures.

Advice for people to stay at home and away from others means that you should not invite unnecessary visitors into your home, or into those you let to tenants.

Where a property is occupied, parties must endeavour to agree that the transaction can be delayed, so that an EPC assessment can proceed when stay-at-home measures to fight coronavirus (COVID-19) are no longer in place.

If moving is unavoidable and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, and a valid EPC is not available from the register, an assessment may need to be conducted. In these circumstances, government guidelines on staying away from others to minimise the spread of the virus must be followed alongside the guidance for carrying out work in people’s homes.

EPC assessments can continue in cases where your property is vacant.

Landlords should also see further information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the enforcement of standards in rented properties.

No assessments should take place if any person in the property is showing symptoms, self-isolating or being shielded – if securing an EPC is critical you should seek to reschedule your appointment when it is safe to do so in accordance with Government guidelines on staying away from others.

 

To read the full Government Guidance click HERE

Buy to Let Lenders now require a valid EPC

Borrowers looking to re-mortgage existing Buy to Let property are now required by Lenders to produce an EPC that complies with the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard even for properties let on existing tenancies where compliance is not required until April 2020. The move is seen by industry experts as a way of Lenders  future proofing their investments to ensure their security is not undermined come 2020. For a complete MEES EPC service with FREE advice on ensuring you achieve E rating call 0800 862 0022

The Green Deal is back.......

Following the acquisition of the GreenDealFinance.Company by Greenstone Finance and Aurium Capital Marketshave. The deal includes the business and assets of the former government backed scheme including its existing loan book with a principal value in excess of £40m. Read further information about the Green Deal HERE

Schhhhhhhhh...........I shall say this only once. Enter voucher code X131Y at checkout and receive an amazing 10% discount on our standard EPC rate. You pay £47.25 all inclusive with no messing about obtaining quotes like other providers!

Thats right enter voucher cope X131Y at checkout and receive a whopping 10% discount on our EPC standard rate for any domestic property up to four bedrooms. We cover the whole of the UK employing Energy Assessors who are personally vetted and accredited by Agent Green. Our Assessors have enhanced levels of Insurance for your piece of mind. Would you really let a stranger into your house with a dodgy website and no office address. Order on-line or call 0800 862 0022 - we will even pay for the call!

Agent Green EPCs are the perfect complement to Vendors using on-line Estate Agents.

A recent survey showed that less than 30% of on-line Estate Agents include an Energy Performance Certificate in their sales package. Less than 20% offer Vendors the facility to order an EPC via their website. An EPC ordered via Agent Green will allow your on-line Estate Agent to market your property from day one and ensure you do not risk a £200 fine from Trading Standards. Agent Green Energy Assessors are fully insured and government regulated to produce the most accurate EPCs available. Do not let a stranger into your home with no idea of their office address and just a mobile phone number. This was the advice we received from our local Trading Standards Officer.

RHI Applications can be a minefield - OFGEM to the rescue

This useful document shows you the questions in the application form for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. It will help you prepare before you complete it. It covers questions about you, your renewable heating system and the property it’s in, to assess your eligibility.

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2016/09/drhi_helpsheet_application_form_guide_v2_1_23_sep...

Get Paid to Heat your Home!

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat. Switching to heating systems that use eligible energy sources can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets. People who join the scheme and stick to its rules receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it’s estimated their system produces. A requirement of applying for RHI is to obtain an EPC and Agent Green can provide this for you and additionally provide you with an estimate of the RHI payment you will receive. Contact Agent Green on 0800 862 0022

Renew now

Its almost 10 years since the first EPCs were produced in the UK, which means that from 2017 you will be required to renew your EPC. 10 years is a long time by any standards and there is every likelihood that improvements would have been made to your property. A new boiler for example would make a significant improvement to your EPC rating and help you comply with the forthcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Requirement. Agent Green are able to undertake your EPC renewal and can offer discounts for block instructions or entire portfolios. Contact Agent Green on 0800 862 0022?

Are you legal?

On 1 April 2016 a new minimum standard for properties rented out in the private sector was introduced: From 1 April 2018 there will be a requirement for new lets and renewals of properties rented out in the private sector to have a minimum energy efficiency rating of E on an EPC. From 1 April 2020 the minimum standard of an energy efficiency rating of E on an EPC will apply to all existing tenancies. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption. Agent Green can advise you on the most cost effective measures to ensure compliance with the new laws and ensure that your tenants are kept warm and happy. Contact Agent Green on 0800 862 0022