Homeowners in England will be able to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 at the end of this month to carry out work to make their homes more energy-efficient.
Anyone can apply for the vouchers, but what the money can pay for is more complicated.
The Green Homes Grant scheme will allow people to use Government cash to pay for part of the cost of loft, floor and wall insulation or double glazing – in certain circumstances.
There is now an eligibility tool to check how much you can get and what for, reports MoneySavingExpert.
The grants will pay for insulation – including loft insulation and cavity wall – and low-carbon heating such as solar thermal systems.
If you have that work done, you can also get cash towards double glazing to replace single glazing, draught-proofing, new doors and some new central heating systems.
The vouchers anyone can apply for will pay for two-thirds of the cost of your work – up to £5,000.
If you are in a low-income household you can get up to £10,000 to cover the full cost of work.
Homeowners and landlords are both eligible for the scheme.
Naomi Schraer at MoneySavingExpert said: “As of 28 August, owner-occupiers and landlords can use the new eligibility checker tool on the Simple Energy Advice website to give them an idea of what improvements they could get help for once the vouchers start being issued in September.
“However, the tool’s only as good as the information you put in to it, and you won’t know for sure what funding (if any) you’ll be able to get until you actually apply for the vouchers and get confirmation. So it’s best to see it as a ready reckoner, rather than a cast-iron plan for measures you’ll be eligible to get help for, especially if there’s a lot you don’t know about your property.
“When you click on the tool, you’ll be asked some basic eligibility questions, such as whether your property is in England and if it’s a new-build home which has yet to be occupied, whether you are the owner and whether anyone in your household receives any benefits. At this point, if you fit the basic criteria you’ll be told you “may be eligible” for the grant. “
Outisde of England there are similar schemes, including the Warmer Homes Scheme, Home Energy Loan scheme and area-based schemes in Scotland; the Nest scheme in Wales and the Boiler Replacement Scheme and Affordable Warmth Scheme in Northern Ireland.