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Govt announces details of Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will enable more UK homeowners to get help to improve the energy efficiency of the properties, according to the government.From 09:00 GMT tomorrow (December 10th), the scheme will open to new applications, with up to £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to finance the installation of energy saving measures, such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation.In total, up to £30 million in vouchers will be available, with details of further funds to be announced on a quarterly basis, with the next release expected to be in February 2015.This sum is part of the £100 million for household efficiency measures unveiled in October 2014, which is in addition to £450 million already allocated to such improvements for the next three years.Of the sum that will be available from tomorrow, up to £24 million will be allocated to solid wall insulation installations and a maximum of £6 million will be available for two measures from a list of home improvements under the scheme.The GDHIF was launched back in June and has already provided over 20,000 homeowners with vouchers to use to make energy efficiency improvements in their propertiesEd Davey, energy and climate change secretary, said: "This fund is a big success story for the Green Deal - helping thousands of people improve their homes so that they're warmer, greener and cheaper to run."The best way people can cut their energy bills, this winter and every winter, is to improve their homes so that they leak less heat and use less energy. That's why we've increased the funding available for the Green Deal to help even more people start saving money sooner." Energy bills have already come down by £50 this year, with providers being forced by the government to make things simpler and easier for customers, but the best way to bring costs down is to use less energy, according to Amber Rudd, energy and climate change minister.More than 750,000 homes have already had energy efficiency improvements installed as a direct result of the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal. It now makes sense to go further and help more families to achieve lower bills and warmer homes, she added. 

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