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The UK government has announced details of its new £2 billion ($2.61 billion) Green Homes Grant scheme, whereby more than 600,000 British homes will be able to get up to £10,000 funding for home energy efficiency upgrades and thermal solar installation.

The funding facilitates home energy efficiency improvements such as solar thermal measures, heat pumps, and other forms of low-carbon heating, and insulation with up to £5,000, or two-thirds, of home improvements covered for those who fall above the income threshold for those who fall above a certain household income threshold.

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Households in low-income areas, considered to be “energy poor” will receive up to £10,000, or 100% of the costs of improvements, totalling an annual average household saving of £600 per year.

To participate in the scheme, builders, plumbers and other tradespeople across England will need to sign upfor TrustMark accreditation.

Under the Green Home Grant Scheme, homeowners will select accredited tradespeople who have received the new government-supported TrustMark accreditation, assuring a level of workmanship and service delivery, and an MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accreditation.

Local municipalities are able to apply for the funding to improve energy efficiency in local low-income areas, and approximately £500 million will be allocated to the support of low-income and energy-poor households.

It is hoped the scheme will generate up to 100,000 jobs in the construction and related sectors.

Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Green home improvements will save people money on their energy bills, help to cut carbon emissions, and create new work for many thousands of builders, plumbers and other tradespeople.

“Our TrustMark scheme will guarantee that building work is completed to a high standard by accredited tradespeople, ensuring consumers are fully protected.”

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