GDHIF and solid wall insulation
UPDATE: As of 30 March 2016, the government has stopped funding and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is closed to new applications.
Solid wall insulation has become very popular over the last couple of years. This increase has been largely down to the recognition that it has received, from the Government, as a energy efficiency improvement worthy for the various green schemes that they introduce.
One of these green schemes, which has proved to be particularly popular is the GDHIF (Green Deal Home Improvement Fund) that launched for the first time in the summer of 2014. This GDHIF scheme provides a non-means tested grant to reward you for certain energy improvements you install.
The Initial Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
Solid Wall Insulation was the the real focus of the GDHIF. Initially, in the summer of 2014, the available grant was £6,000, but this ran out (there was an initial £100m pot) just 6 weeks after it launched. The Government noticed how popular this was as a home improvement so in December they released another £30m to help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
The Second Phase of GDHIF – December 2014
This proved even more popular and lasted just 30 hours! This was despite the fact that the grant was reduced to £4,000 per property (or if you had bought the house in the last 12 months – £4,500).
March 2015 – the Third branch of GDHIF money
In March 2015, it was announced at the EcoBuild show that there would be a further £70m made available for homeowners to install solid wall insulation on their homes, so if you are interested in insulating your solid wall property – there has never been a better time!
The grant has once again been reduced though, but this time by just £250, taking the total payment down to £3,750. However, bearing in mind it is still non-means tested – i.e. anyone with a solid wall property can access it provided you insulate 50% or more of available external walls, it is still a fantastic offer.