Up to £24m worth of funding for solid wall insulation has been allocated to households in England and Wales through the second release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).
Applications for solid wall insulation have now closed. However, domestic energy customers can still apply for up to £6m to make energy-efficient home improvements through GDHIF, including:
- up to £1,000 for installing two measures from an approved list;
- up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment if that recommends the measures applied for; and
- up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.
Details of further funding releases will be announced on a quarterly basis, with the next release expected in February 2015.
Funding is part of the additional £100m for household energy-efficiency measures announced in October 2014, which is in addition to the £450m already allocated to household energy efficiency over 2014-17.
Energy and climate change minister Amber Rudd said: “The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been incredibly popular – it’s helping thousands of people have warmer homes and more control over their energy bills. Although the fund for solid wall insulation is fully allocated, there’s still money available for a range of other measures and another release of funding is expected in February.
“More than three-quarters of a million homes have already had energy-saving improvements installed as a result of the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal.”
UK Green Building Council policy and public affairs officer Richard Twinnsaid: “This is a clear illustration of the stop-start policy regime around energy efficiency. These piecemeal pots of funding may be generous for householders, but [they] create uncertainty to the industry from one week to the next.
“As one of the most expensive measures, it’s no wonder funding for solid wall insulation has proved so popular. Solid-walled properties are among the oldest and least energy efficient and have received little support from other government schemes.
“This latest gold rush will have been exacerbated by the high profile around the sudden closure of the previous funding over the summer. The government needs to learn from this ongoing debacle that we need long-term drivers for energy efficiency – such as linking Stamp Duty – to avoid this constant boom and bust.”