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Significant increase in green deal support for solid wall insulation

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 24 February 2014 at 9:19 am

Tricky and expensive home insulation work is now eligible for more financial help from the government under changes made to the green deal cashback scheme announced this week.

Up to £4,000 is now available for solid wall insulation (up from £650). Up to £1,000 is available for ‘room in roof’ insulation (increased from £220). This will cover people with loft conversions, and also chalet bungalow style homes. Support for double glazing has also been doubled from £320 to £650.

The cashback scheme helps people to install enerngy efficiency measures by providing them with money back on the contributions that they make towards energy saving improvments to their home. As well as increasing the rates for these three measures, the government has increased the cap on how much people can claim. Now you can claim up to two thirds of your contribution to the cost of installations (up from half), so more people will be eligible for the maximum level of cashback.

The new rates and contribution cap will apply to any cashback applications made or redeemed on or after 13 December 2013. Not all customers will be eligible for an uplift as the values for most measures have not changed. For example a voucher for a boiler without any other improvements will be very unlikely to change.

DECC consulted informally on the changes to the cash-back scheme and as a result it has extended the time available to households to apply for money back on energy efficiency measures from 31 March 2014 to 30 June 2014, with energy improvements to be installed, and vouchers redeemed, by 30 September 2014.

Any existing customer who feels that they are eligible should first check the new rates on the Cashback Quickguide to see if they would be likely to receive an uplift, and then contact the Cashback Administrator by email: customerservice@gdcashback.gov.uk.

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