The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) gives consumers the opportunity to receive money in the form of vouchers to contribute towards energy-saving installations such as double glazing or solid wall insulation.
The GDHIF, which came to fruition in July 2014, offers vouchers worth up to £7,600 towards energy efficiency home improvements with £120 million vouchers secured during the first release of funds.
The unprecedented demand for vouchers resulted in the closure of the initial release of funds within six weeks.
The scheme reopened in December with a further £30 million in vouchers snapped up, but the extension announced this week applies to almost 4,000 vouchers secured from the first release that expire or have already expired between December 2014 and 31st March 2015.
Ed Davey, Energy Secretary, said: “The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been going like hotcakes – winter can be a difficult time to get installations done so by giving more time to voucher holders they can join over one million homes already benefitting from a warmer, cheaper winter thanks to our energy efficiency schemes.”
Prior to the end of December, more than 11,000 vouchers have been paid with around 13,700 energy saving measures implemented through the GDHIF worth £54.3 million.
To be eligible for the GDHIF, all of the following must apply:
- You’re improving a domestic property in England or Wales that you own or live in.
- You have either a Green Deal advice report or an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that’s less than two years-old.
- The improvements you’re applying for are covered by the scheme and recommended in your EPC or Green Deal advice report.
You use a Green Deal provider or installer that’s registered with the GDHIF.