Green Living Grant Scheme

The Green Living Grant Scheme has been created to assist Island residents with the reduction of carbon emissions and household energy bills, and provides a financial contribution of up to a maximum of £5,725 per property, to help make residential properties more energy efficient.

The Scheme operates in two parts, the first provides a Manx Home Energy Audit, and the second provides funding of up towards the cost of energy saving solutions identified by the Manx Energy Home Audit.

Financial support of 75% is available for recommended works with a value of less than £1,000, and 50% for recommended works with a value over £1,000.

The Scheme is administered by the Department for Enterprise and is part of the Isle of Man Government’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050. The need to incentivise people to retrofit such items forms part of the Government’s action plan to reach this target.

It is expected that the Scheme could significantly lower emissions in around 1,200 properties and save nearly 100,000 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere - the equivalent to taking 1,500 cars off the road over the next 30 years.

The Scheme can support a wide range of works; however only eligible works stated on the Manx Home Energy Audit may be eligible for grant funding. Details of eligible works, and the Manx Home Energy Audit, can be found below.

Successful applicants will be informed via email and will be placed on a waiting list until a domestic energy assessor is available.  

HOW IT WORKS

The Scheme operates in the following two parts:

1. Manx Home Energy Audit (MHEA)

Interested individuals can apply online to begin the first part of the process which includes the arrangement of a Manx Home Energy Audit for eligible properties.

Manx Home Energy Audits are based on the UK Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and will provide an overall asset rating of A to G and a list of energy saving solutions in priority order for each property. A Domestic Energy Assessor, under instruction from the Department, will visit the property in order to conduct the MHEA.

MHEA’s are 100% funded by the Department; however their cost is deducted from the maximum available grant support.

Should a successful application be received, the applicant will receive an email confirmation with a unique identification number and will be placed on a waiting list until an assessor is available. Due to the anticipated high levels of interest in the Scheme it may be several months before an assessor becomes available, applicants are requested to be patient during this time.

The MHEA is a mandatory requirement of the Scheme for all applications in order to potentially access grant funding.

The MHEA certificate will be issued to both the Department and the applicant.

2. Green Living Grant (GLG)

Should the MHEA confirm that the property has an asset rating of D or below applicants can choose to apply for a Green Living Grant (GLG).

The maximum available grant support is £5,725. This is offered at 75% for recommended works with a value of less than £1,000, and 50% for recommended works with a value over £1,000 (based on the costs quoted by the selected contractor) and is paid directly to the building contractor.  

Applicants can claim GLG support for works stated on their MHEA, as well as those measures listed in 1.3c of the Scheme Guidance.

Should the applicant be successful in applying for grant funding, a second MHEA would take place to confirm works have been completed and to determine carbon emission savings.

The MHEA certificate will be issued to both the Department and the applicant.

Important note: From the 1st August 2022 grants offered will be based on the quoted cost of works rather than the indicative cost of works.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Eligible applicants must be an Isle of Man resident and either the owner of eligible premises, a tenant of eligible premises, a person acting on behalf of the owner of an eligible premises, or the landlord (an individual not a business entity) of an eligible premises.

Applications can only be accepted from individuals (and their spouse, civil partner or partner if applicable). Applications cannot be accepted from business entities.

Any applicant who meets the above criteria is eligible to apply and receive the initial MHEA, should their property meet the requirements of eligible premises.

In order to receive a Green Living Grant, in addition to the above, the applicant’s gross income, together with that of the person’s spouse, civil partner or partner, must not exceed £112,000 gross (i.e. before deductions) per annum for the income tax year preceding that in which the application is submitted.

To find out more about eligibility requirements, see section 1.3a of the Scheme Guidance.

ELIGIBLE PREMISES

To be considered eligible, premises must be located in the Isle of Man, and they must be a residential premises or a flat.

In order to be eligible to potentially receive a GLG, premises must also have undergone an MHEA assessment by a DEA under instruction from the Department. The asset rating stated on this certificate must be D or lower for the premises to be eligible for the GLG; premises which are rated between A–C are ineligible for the GLG.

Any premises that were granted planning approval for their erection as part of a single planning approval for multiple buildings, i.e. those that were built concurrently alongside other premises as part of a housing estate, which were also given a completion certificate within one year of the date of an application, are ineligible to apply for any aspect of the Scheme.

Any residential properties built after 1st January 2020 will be ineligible to receive either an MHEA or a GLG, as such premises will have already been confirmed as having an asset rating of C or above before being signed off.

Premises owned by a Department, local authority, Statutory Board, housing association or housing trust are ineligible to apply for any aspect of the Scheme.

To find out more about eligibility requirements, see section 1.3b of the Scheme Guidance.

ELIGIBLE WORKS

Important note – only recommended measures listed on the MHEA report, and below can be claimed against.

Works eligible for support include the following:

  • Loft, solid wall, floor insulation;
  • Double glazing;
  • Secondary glazing (where double glazing is not appropriate);
  • Insulated external doors;
  • Hot water cylinder insulation jackets (assuming property does not use combi-boiler);
  • Draught proofing of windows, doors and loft hatch as necessary;
  • Baffles / dampers to block open chimneys;
  • Central heating controls such as room thermostats, programmers;
  • Smart boiler/heater controls;
  • Low energy lighting; and
  • Any other measures (which are not noted below as ineligible) at the discretion of the Department.

Important note - the following items are ineligible for support -

  • Vehicle charging points;
  • Fossil fuel boilers (i.e. those powered by coal, gas or oil);
  • Solar PV and Solar Thermal panels (unless stated on the applicant’s MHEA)
  • Low carbon heating alternatives e.g. heat pumps (unless stated on the applicant’s MHEA)and
  • Cavity wall insulation.

For more information on eligible works, see section 1.3c of the Scheme Guidance.

 

Advice and Guidance

The Net Zero team have put together some helpful tips and guidance to help you make your home more energy efficient. More information can be found by clicking the icons below. 

 

TIPS FOR HEATING YOUR HOME EFFICIENTLY

BENEFITS TO INSULATING YOUR LOFT

DRAUGHT-PROOFING YOUR WINDOWS & DOORS

 

NET ZERO ISLE OF MAN

As a responsible nation, and to protect our environment, our community and to safeguard our continued prosperity, the Isle of Man is committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

To achieve this, all of us need to work together to explore new ways of thinking and innovation to achieve net zero. 

To find out more about the Island's Net Zero initiative, visit: www.netzero.im 

For more information about how you can make your home more energy efficient, click here

 

Becoming a Manx Home Energy Auditor

A select list to enable qualified individuals and businesses to participate in the Scheme as Domestic Energy Assessors is now available. 

Click here to find out more

Currently, audits for the Green Living Grant Scheme are being undertaken by the following Isle of Man businesses:

  • 3Co
  • J S Associates Limited
  • Manx Energy Assessment Services
  • Smart Energy Solutions
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