The government’s £24 million budget for a scheme to help homeowners get insulation ran dry yesterday – 24 hours after it opened to the public.
Demand surged for the second wave of cash assistance to get solid wall insulation under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.
It is déjà vu for the scheme which lets people in England and Wales claim back up to £4,000 for solid wall insulation and up to £1,000 for insulating cavity walls, floors and roofs and central heating boilers.
The first pot of cash for solid wall insulation also ran out at lightning speed.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd suggested people plump for other options: “There’s still money available now for a range of other measures and another release of funding is expected in February.”
This wasn’t enough for industry groups who called on extra cash to be brought forward sooner.
Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association urged Government “to bring forward the next tranche of funding for SWI and to give a commitment that any of the initial tranche of the £120m that is not redeemed by householders is recycled to provide additional funding in quarter one of 2015.”
Others at the UK Green Building Council complained the result was typical of the government’s “stop-start” approach to energy efficiency.
Policy and Public Affairs Officer Richard Twinn said: “As one of the most expensive measures, it’s no wonder funding for solid wall insulation has proved so popular. Solid walled properties are among the oldest and least energy efficient and have received little support from other Government schemes.”