Making Your Holiday Home More Eco-Friendly

Recent reports have indicated that the market for UK holidays is set to boom in 2021, so now could be a good time to invest in your holiday home’s eco-friendly credentials. Installing insulation or more energy-efficient or low carbon heating could help reduce future energy bills and if you’re renting out your holiday home, having an eco-friendly home could be a great selling point.

The Government launched its Green Homes Grant Scheme on 30 September 2020 and it currently runs until 31 March 2022. It’s only available for homes in England, but if you own your holiday home, even if you rent it out, you may be eligible for up to £5’000 worth of vouchers. These vouchers cover two thirds of the cost of eligible improvements.

What Type of Improvements are Eligible?

The eco-friendly home improvement measures are divided into primary measures and secondary measures. The voucher must be used to install at least one primary measure before any secondary measures are installed.

The primary measures covered by the voucher are:

Insulation

  • Solid wall insulation (internal or external)
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)
  • Loft insulation
  • Flat roof insulation
  • Pitched roof insulation
  • Room in roof insulation

Low carbon heat

  • Air source heat pump
  • Ground source heat pump
  • Solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
  • Biomass boiler
  • A heat pump as part of a hybrid system

If you have at least one primary measure installed in your holiday home, then you can use your voucher to help cover the cost of any of eligible secondary measures. However, the amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures.

The secondary measures covered by the voucher are:

  • Draught proofing windows and doors
  • Double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
  • Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
  • Energy efficient replacement doors
  • Hot water tank thermostat
  • Hot water tank insulation
  • Heating controls

The voucher covers the costs of labour, materials and VAT. The work needs to be carried out by a qualified installer who has the necessary accreditations to demonstrate that they achieve the quality standards required. The installer needs to be a TrustMark-registered installer who is also registered for the scheme. They also need to meet PAS and MCS standards.

You can find a certified installer at https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/installer-search

This is a marketing article from My Holiday Home Insurance. For information about insurance for holiday homes, leisure homes, holiday lodges and static caravans, call our Northampton office and speak to one of our specialist insurance advisers on freephone 0800 988 0890.

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