Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot says his department is working to introduce a substantial energy efficiency scheme.

The scheme will aim to help lower the emissions from homes on the island, which make up the biggest single portion of our carbon emissions.

He explained: ‘The details are yet to be finalised however, the proposed framework for the Green Living Grant are as follows:

  • Applicants for a Green Living Grant will initially need a Manx Home Energy Audit completed on their property by an accredited assessor;

  • Non means tested grants will be available for the Manx Home Energy Audit and the resulting recommended measures identified in the audit. Grants will be available for 50% of the cost and capped at a maximum of £6,000 per property;

  • Homeowners, landlords and tenants will be eligible to apply for these grants;

  • An accreditation certificate system will be established for eligible businesses completing this work. Businesses will be reimbursed using a voucher scheme.

He added: ‘However, it should be noted that there are no current plans to introduce grants for generic property improvements such as damp or other repairs. The Environmental Health team within my department are able to help tenants of rented accommodation that may fall below acceptable standards and liaise with landlords to make improvements. However regarding homeowners, there are no Government grants currently available to assist owners in maintaining private property.’

Previous home improvement grant schemes were administered by the former Department of Local Government and Environment and the more recent DLGE schemes were managed by the Finance and Housing/Property teams.

During oral questions Mr Boot had said that residents’ homes are the biggest CO2 emitters on the island, contributing to 34% of all emissions, which continues to grow. He said this is mostly because of the heating of homes. 

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