The Cashback Scheme is open to householders making energy saving improvements under the Green Deal. This includes owner-occupiers, those renting privately or in social housing. Landlords, both private and social, are also eligible where they pay installation costs, up to certain limits.
Who is eligible?
How does it work?
Have a Green Deal assessment undertaken
Agree a quote or Green Deal Plan with a Green Deal Provider
Apply for Green Deal Cashback Voucher
Have work undertaken before your voucher expires
Receive Cashback payment within 30 days of the work being completed*
Householders will need to apply for a voucher which will be redeemed once Cashback work is completed. To qualify for the Cashback householders must:
- Have a Green Deal assessment carried out on the property
- Get and agree quotes from a Green Deal Provider who’s registered with the Cashback scheme**
- Apply for your Cashback voucher online or by phone, before you begin the work. Your Provider may be able to do this for you – ask them
- Receive a voucher confirming the Cashback amount
- Complete works within the specified period
Providers will redeem the voucher on your behalf when the work is completed.You will receive payment once your Provider has confirmed the work is complete and the Energy Performance Certificate has been updated. This should normally be within 30 days of the work being completed.
Remember that Cashback payments are only available for work recommended on your Green Deal Assessment.
Householders can fund improvements through a Green Deal Plan, or however they wish, and get the Cashback but they must use a Green Deal Provider to arrange the work. The more improvements a householder makes, the higher the Cashback amount.
Householders can only make one claim for the Cashback, but it may cover a package of improvements recommended by the Green Deal assessment. The Government Cashback is separate to any similar offers that may be made by Green Deal Providers.
You will not be able to claim Cashback if you are receiving funding through your Council’s Green Deal Communities Scheme, and, from 1 April, Cashback cannot be combined with any ECO offer that your Green Deal Provider may offer. You may wish to check with your Provider on receiving the quotation.
Householders can also choose to donate some or all of their Cashback to a charity or community interest company who has signed up with the Cashback Administrator.
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** To find a Provider who offers Cashback, go to http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/consumersearch* Subject to compliance with Cashback Scheme Terms and Conditions
How much could I get?
Cashback rates for some improvements have changed and the new rates will apply to any cashback application made or redeemed on or after 13 December 2013. You can see the new and old rates in the table below.
Loft insulation (including top up) and insulating cavity walls (where appropriate) are important, basic energy saving measures. So where a Green Deal assessment recommends these alongside other improvements, householders will only be able to get the Cashback if they do these too.
Qualifying Energy Efficiency Measure Cashback Level (from 13 Dec 2013) Old Cashback Level Loft insulation (incl. top up) £150 £100 Cavity wall insulation £250 £250 Solid wall insulation* £4,000 £650 Flat roof insulation £550 £390 Room in roof insulation £1,000 £220 Floor insulation £200 £150 Hot water cylinder insulation (incl. top up)** £10 £10 Draught proofing £50 £50 Heating controls (roomstat and/or programmer and time/temperature zone controls)** £100 £70 Condensing oil boiler from non-condensing oil heating or other*** £310 £310 Upgrade boiler to condensing gas boiler from non-condensing boiler or other £270 £270 Flue gas heat recovery (condensing combi boiler) only alongside replacement boiler £100 £90 New or replacement storage heaters £150 £150 Replacement warm-air unit £320 £320 Waste water heat recovery systems £100 £60 Double/triple glazing (old single to A) £20 per m2 up to a maximum of £650 £20 per m2 up to a maximum of £320 High performance replacement doors £100 £40 Secondary glazing £15 per m2 up to a maximum of £500 £15 per m2 up to a maximum of £230
Further conditions of Cashback
* A minimum of 50% of external walls must be insulated to qualify for a Cashback on solid wall insulation.
** Cannot be claimed at same time as boiler replacement (as this is a regulatory requirement).
*** Householders should consider their renewable heat options, as they could get a higher payment under Renewable Heat Premium Payment now, for certain measures.
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