GDHIF set to reopen

From this Wednesday (10 December) the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will reopen for applications.

The fund was closed earlier this year having provided cash vouchers to 20,000 households installing energy efficiency measures. £30m in vouchers has now been made available in this second phase of funding.

The £30m will be split into two categories – £24m for solid wall insulation and £6m for up to two other measures available under the scheme.

Customers can apply for:

– up to £4000 for installing solid wall insulation;
– up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list;
– up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment;
– up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.

To complete the two-stage application process, householders will need:

– A Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) or Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is less than two years old
– A quote from a GDHIF registered installer or provider for work specified on the GDAR or EPC and included on the list of GDHIF approved measures
– Proof of property ownership (for landlords/undertakings only)

Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “This fund is a big success story for the Green Deal – helping thousands of people improve their homes so that they’re warmer, greener and cheaper to run.

“The best way people can cut their energy bills, this winter and every winter, is to improve their homes so that they leak less heat and use less energy. That’s why we’ve increased the funding available for the Green Deal to help even more people start saving money sooner.”