The government has revealed that £43 million has been issued under the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in the scheme’s first six weeks.
In total 12,200 applications have been made under the new scheme which offers homeowners money for installing energy efficiency measures from a pre-approved list.
The government notes that it expects to have reached £50 million in vouchers issued in the next couple of days.
Parliamentary under secretary of state for climate change, Amber Rudd, said: “Green Deal Home Improvement Fund vouchers have been flying out of the door. We’re delighted that so many families are already making the most of this very generous offer.”
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced changes to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund that are designed to ensure that “as many people as possible can benefit” from the scheme.
From 25 July, new applicants will be eligible to receive up to £4,000 for installing solid wall Insulation, reduced from up to £6,000. Flue gas heat recovery units will be removed from the list of approved measures, effective from 5 August.
Rudd added: “Changes announced today ensure even more households can benefit from warmer homes using less energy. There’s up to £120 million in the pot this year, but it won’t be around forever so act now.”