Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new scheme that will allow homeowners to get £5,000 from the Government to pay for green home improvements.
The money can be used for anything from a new boiler or loft insulation to double glazing or cavity wall insulation.
The cash will pay for up to two thirds of the work – while low income homes can get up to £10,000 to pay for the full cost of projects.
But how will it work, who qualifies and when will it launch? The Mirror has taken a closer look.
How much is the Green Homes Grant?
Under the scheme, homeowners are set to receive vouchers worth thousands of pounds to help make their properties more energy efficient and potentially save hundreds on bills each year.
The government will cover the cost of at least two-thirds of insulation and other energy efficiency measures up to £5,000.
This equates to at least £2 for every £1 homeowners and landlords spend to make their homes more energy efficient, up to £5,000 per household.
For those on the lowest incomes, the scheme will fully fund energy efficiency measures of up to £10,000 per household, the Treasury said.
What can I spend the money on?
Energy-saving measures include upgrades such as loft, wall and floor insulation, double glazing, low-energy lighting and energy-efficient doors.
Homeowners will also be able to spend the money on eco-friendly boilers, heat pumps and ethical lighting.
How much will it save me?
Rishi Sunak said the scheme could save Brits £300 a year on their energy bills.
Under the scheme, a typical homeowner in receipt of the £5,000 grant would pay £1,320 of the £4,000 bill for cavity wall and floor insulation for a semi-detached or end-terrace house, while the Government would pay the rest of the bill costing them £2,680.
How can I claim it?
Brits will be able to access a website from September with various options for making their home more energy efficient.
There will also be a list of accredited suppliers on the website, which the government says will create work for tradesmen.
Will it support jobs?
Business secretary Alok Sharma said the funding will aim to protect jobs and help reduce energy bills.
It is understood that the scheme will help open up work for plumbers, builders and tradesmen to help the economy recover.
“Ultimately this is about providing and supporting jobs,” Sharma told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“This is a policy which is about putting money into people’s pockets — people will save hundreds of pounds a year in terms of lower energy costs.
“It is good for jobs and, of course, ultimately it is also very good for the environment.”
Half price meals for all – at 129,000 pubs and restaurants
Every single member of the public will also be able to eat out for half the price in August, in a move that will give the hospitality sector a cash boost.
Around 129,000 pubs and restaurants will be able to join a scheme that will give customers unlimited discounts on their food next month.
The scheme, known as ‘eat out to help out’, will equate to 50% off, up to a maximum discount of £10 per head.
“To encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants, the Government’s new eat out to help out discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020,” Chancellor Rishi Sunak explained during Wednesday’s mini-Budget.
What will the discount be and how many times can I use it?
Every diner will be able to get £10 off their meal at any participating restaurant, café, pub or other eligible food service establishment from Monday to Wednesday throughout August.
How can I claim it?
You won’t have to collect individual vouchers to claim it. Instead, you’ll be able to just go to a participating venue on the relevant days to redeem the saving.
Will it include alcohol and can I use it on takeaways?
Unfortunately not. The Treasury said that the scheme will only be valid on eat-in food and drink and booze will be excluded.
How many times can I claim it?
The discount can be used an unlimited number of times and will be valid on any eat-in meal, including on non-alcoholic drinks, for the entire month of August 2020 across the UK.
Participating establishments will be fully reimbursed for the 50% discount and will be able to apply for the cash via a soon-to-launch online portal.
Will my local restaurant or pub be participating?
Around 129,000 businesses will be registered on the scheme when it launches, from pubs to cafés and restaurants.
Officials say there will eventually be a database where people can look up participating restaurants, cafés or pubs.
This guidance will be released on July 13.