The new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) was launched this week by the government, and with a fund of £120 million to give to deserving redevelopers, plenty of us will benefit! The GDHIF is for people who want to make energy saving improvements to their home, including installing insulation or biomass boilers.
Here’s how to apply:
- Before you start an application, you must be planning to improve a domestic property either in England or Wales.
- The proposed improvements you hope to make must have been recommended in an energy performance certificate or green deal advice report within the last two years.
- Before you go ahead and apply, make sure that the improvements you intend to make are eligible for the GDHIF.
- To get the payments from the Fund, you will have to use a Green Deal installer or provider already registered with the GDHIF. You can get a list of them by clicking here. (When searching, leave all sections blank other than the postcode and remember to check the box to show only the companies who are GDHIF registered.
- You have to make your application for a voucher before you start doing any work. Apply here.
- The installation has to be made within six months of receiving your voucher, so don’t hang around!
When you get it, send your voucher to the GDHIF administrator by email once it has been signed by the installer. Direct the email to email@example.com or send the voucher by post to Green Deal Home Improvement Fund PO Box 6900, Basingstoke, RG24 2SY.
Alongside the voucher, you should include the invoices for the work being done plus the installer’s PAS2030 Claims of Conformity which they should hand to you once the job has been done.
When you will get your payments is not certain, but the scheme administrator “will aim to make payment promptly’, says the government. However, it does add that no payments will begin to be processed until 11 July 2014.