The government has announced it will allocate a further £30m to boost the Green Deal energy-efficiency scheme.
From Wednesday 10 December, households in England and Wales will be able to apply for up to £5,600 towards the cost of installing energy efficiency measures through the latest round of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).
Of the £30m, £24m has been allocated for solid wall insulation and £6m for other energy-saving measures such as cavity wall insulation, double glazing and boilers.
The first round of the GDHIF was closed suddenly in July after popular demand saw the allocated budget reached.
Energy and climate change minister Amber Rudd said: “We’ve already taken £50 off energy bills this year and have forced energy companies to make things simpler and easier for bill payers, but we know that the best way for households to cut their bills is to use less energy.
“Over three-quarters of a million homes have already had energy-saving improvements installed as a result of the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal. It makes sense to go even further to help more families install measures so that they see the benefits of lower bills and a warmer home for years to come.”
UK Green Building Council policy and public affairs officer Richard Twinn said: “Full marks to government for listening to industry and making sensible changes to the fund. A more robust application process is likely to result in fewer speculative applications and prevent the feeding frenzy witnessed last summer. Ring-fenced funding will also stop the fund being completely swallowed up by the most expensive energy-saving measures.
“However, this is still a finite pot of funding that will create uncertainty for both householders and industry when it inevitably runs dry.”