Government provides £3bn for energy efficiency improvements.
£2bn for Home Improvements
The new £2 billion Green Homes Grant will see the government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of the improvements. Some 600,000 households across England are expected to participate in the scheme when it launches in September designed to save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills. Some of the lowest income households will get the full costs of energy efficiency refits paid up to the value of £10,000. Homeowners will be able to use the money on loft, wall and floor insulation, eco friendly boilers, heat pumps, double or triple glazed windows, low energy lighting and energy efficient doors. Once the job has been approved and completed by an accredited builder, the voucher will be issued.
Under the new initiative set by Government, there will be strict accreditation rules meaning builders, plumbers and other tradespeople must register for TrustMark accreditation to provide their services for the installation of the energy saving measures.
TrustMark is the government-endorsed quality scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out in their homes. Householders will be able to choose from tradespeople in their areas to carry out the work but only approved and accredited installers will be able to be commissioned, ensuring high standards and consumer protection.
£1bn for Public Sector
The plans also include an additional £1bn to improve the energy efficiency and low carbon heating for schools, hospitals, prisons, military bases and other public buildings and a further £50m to pilot ways to cut carbon from social housing.
Campaigners welcome the moves to invest in energy efficiency, which is widely seen as one of the best ways to boost jobs across the UK while cutting emissions.
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