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Help Save Our Planet (And Some Money) With These Government Grants

These schemes will help cut the costs of going green


16 DECEMBER 2021

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced that the UK will shift towards renewable energy by 2035, but environmentalists say that by then, it will already be too late. For many, the thought of switching to renewable energy sounds great, but it also sounds expensive. In fact, a recent study by Forbes found that the public is overwhelmingly in support of switching to clean energy – but stressed that the government must incentivise it. Luckily, there are schemes in place that help offset the costs, they’re just not always easy to find. That’s where we come in: from your car to your home, cut your carbon footprint and help save our planet (and some money) with these government grants.

For your car:

As part of the target to reach net zero by 2050 and make the shift to a virtually zero-carbon economy, UK ministers are investing £620m in grants for electric vehicles and charging points. In addition, car makers will be required to sell a certain number of clean vehicles per year, with the help of an additional £350m government investment to help the automotive supply chain move electric. 

The city is doing all that it can to make London’s air quality cleaner, including a £15 daily congestion charge for those who drive through the city’s busiest streets, PLUS an additional charge of at least £12.50 if your vehicle doesn’t meet the ultra low emission standards. So if you are going to own a vehicle in London – make sure it’s low-emission.

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, check out the Electric Car Grant. The grant is intended to help bring the cost of electric cars down to a level that is closer to that of petrol or diesel alternatives and can save customers up to £1,500 when they choose an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.

And if you decide to go electric and are in need of a plug-in, take advantage of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, where you can get up to £350 off the cost of installing a charger at home. Convenient. Check if your vehicle is eligible under the scheme here

For your home: 

Heating is one of the areas where you can make the biggest savings on your home’s carbon footprint. In the UK, the majority of our energy is used for it. Luckily for UK homeowners you can get money towards the cost of renewable heating with the Domestic Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI). Payments are made over seven years and are based on the amount of renewable heat your biomass boiler, solar water heating or certain heat pumps generate.

From April 2021, the UK government will offer subsidies of £5000 to help homeowners in England and Wales replace old gas boilers with low-carbon heat pumps – it’s all part of their plan to reduce carbon emissions and make social housing and public buildings more energy efficient. The grants will help make heat pumps a comparable price to that of a new gas boiler, but will only cover a maximum of 90,000 pumps over a three year period. 

It’s important we all do our bit to lead a greener life. Check out these simple tricks to save even more around your home. 

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This article was first published in October 2021 and has since been updated