Green Homes Grants – Now booking appointments

QERB Energy are the only local installer able to offer the full range of home improvements available under the new Green Homes Grants. Our grants will include new highly efficient external doors, solar thermal hot water systems, heat pumps, smart heating controls, cavity and solid wall insulation, window upgrades, loft insulation, floor insulation and new boilers.

Grants will be up to £5,000 for anyone and up to £10,000 for homes that receive one of the listed benefits. Due to expected high demand, we advise booking a free no obligation survey as soon as possible. You can use our self booking service below.

At the moment, we are only able to offer a home survey in selected PL, EX and TQ Postcodes. If you live outside these areas you can generate a quote using our self assessment process. Please enter your postcode below to continue.

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I’ve had a survey, when will I receive my quote?
If you had a survey prior to 7th October 2020 we were unable to provide immediate quotes as the scheme rules had not been confirmed. As such we had a backlog of surveys to process. These have all now been produced and your surveyor will be calling everyone during the month of October. If you have not been able to answer this call, our office will be able to send you the quote from 1st November. If you have a survey from 7th October 2020, you will usually be provided a quote during the appointment. In some cases a further technical survey is required to provide a bespoke price.
I live in an area that is not currently covered by a surveyor or is fully booked, how can I get a quote?

We have now added a self assessment online form which can be used to produce a quote. These quotes are based on average properties and are not suitable if you live in a large home or a property that may require extra work. For example has existing damp or access issues.

I now have a quote, how do I apply for the voucher?
You will need to apply on the government website for your voucher, which usually takes 10-12 days.
I now have my voucher, how do I book in my install?
Please call us on 01752 546160. You may require a Technical Survey by a specialist prior to install to plan out the work and order the correct materials.
How long does my voucher last?

Vouchers last 3 months or until the end of March 2021, whichever is soonest. As such it is important you call us as soon as your voucher arrives to book in your work, as our installers will be very busy over this period.

The prices on my quote seem high. I could get a local handyman for less.

As part of the voucher scheme all work has to be completed to TrustMark and PAS standards. This means we have to do far more than an average installer would have too in the same industry to meet the governments quality standards, including paying fees to lodge and protect the installations. Furthermore we also have to appoint a third party company to inspect nearly every job completed. This can include pre, during and post inspections. We also employ a team of people to process voucher applications, warranties and inspections etc. 

Can I use a local tradesman to complete the work?

All work has to be completed to stringent TrustMark and PAS standards which means only installers approved under the scheme can complete work.

Can I use different installers for the various improvements?

The scheme rules do allow for different installers to be used to allow for some companies only being able to offer one specific type of skill. As QERB Energy are qualified to offer nearly all of the available measures, we are currently only providing a full voucher service.

Can another company install my Primary measure and you install the new doors as a secondary measure?

At present we are only offering a full service where we provide the Primary and Secondary measure, as we will not be paid if there are any problems with the primary measure, which would be out of our control.

What door will I have installed?

We will be offering a range of approved doors in various colours options, which you will be able to select prior to the installation.

I am having several improvements completed, will these all be done on the same day?

Work will usually be completed on different days as we use different skilled tradesman for each activity.

Can I have new double glazing?

The scheme rules only allow for single glazed windows to be replaced. You can not replace old double glazing regardless of how old it is or what condition it is in. Also glazing is a secondary measure and must be installed alongside a primary measure.

I am a landlord, can I qualify?

Yes, but the property must meet existing EPC requirements (rated E or above) prior to applying for a voucher.

My tenant is in receipt of benefits, can I claim a £10,000 voucher?

No. Rented properties are only eligible for the £5,000 voucher scheme.

What does a voucher cover?

Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000. If you, or someone in your household, receive certain benefits you may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of the voucher is £10,000.

What are the Primary measures?

The voucher must be used to install at least 1 primary measure.

– Solid wall insulation (external)

– Cavity Wall insulation

– Under-floor insulation (suspended floor)

– Loft insulation

– Flat roof insulation

– Solar thermal

– Air Source Heat Pump (tbc)

What are the secondary measures?

If you install at least 1 primary measure, your voucher can be used to help cover the cost of any of the following secondary measures. The amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures.
You will only be able to redeem vouchers for secondary measures once you have installed a primary measure and redeemed the vouchers for that measure.

– Double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)

– Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)

– Energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002)

– Heating controls (such as, appliance thermostats, smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves)

Who is eligible for a Green Homes Grant voucher?

You may be eligible if you live in Devon or Cornwall and:

– You own your own home (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership)

– You’re a residential landlord in the private or social rented sector (including local authorities and housing associations)

– You cannot get the Green Homes Grant for newly built homes which have not been previously occupied. 

How long will a survey take?

Your survey will take approx an hour and we will check to see if your home is suitable for any of the Primary and Secondary measures, what value voucher you are entitled to claim and how much the work will cost. At the end of the survey our surveyor will be able to provide you with a quote that can be used to submit a claim for your voucher. The surveyor may need to book a second technical survey, which will look in more detail at the work to be carried out. Subject to how many home improvements you are having, you may need more than one technical survey, as we employ different technical experts for each measure type.

When can I book an install date?

Once your voucher has been approved, you will be able to book in your install date/s. Please note that each measure maybe installed on a different date, as we employ specific teams for each skill set.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

If you need to cancel your appointment, please click on the link within your booking confirmation email, or call us on 01752 546160.

Do I need anything for the survey?
In order to help speed up your application, please have the following ready for our surveyor to view at your appointment;
  • Council Tax Bill
  • Tenancy Agreement (if relevant)
  • Tenants must have their landlord present
  • Copy of Benefit letter if you are claiming the £10,000 voucher
What time will the surveyor arrive?

Please note that whilst appointments are booked for a specific time, every home is different and some surveys may take longer than others, also travel between areas, especially in rural locations, can also vary greatly, as such we can not promise to be able to arrive at the exact time booked.