Boiler Plan is creating a dedicated eco department to deal with the expected huge demand for the government’s £2 billion Green Homes Grants scheme.

The Cramlington-headquartered company is growing and diversifying to use its industry expertise to carry out assessments and install energy saving improvements for homeowners and landlords across England.

It is already in the process of recruiting a head of the new department who has a proven track record in the renewables sector and will then create several supporting roles which will expand as demand grows. The grant scheme is due to open on September 30th.

Boiler Plan, which this year was ranked eighth in a list of the nation’s top 100 disruptive start-up businesses, already has a trusted network of accredited assessors and installers covering much of the UK.

Having gained a reputation for innovation within the industry for its customer-focused approach to the sale, installation, and maintenance of gas boilers, it is seeking to expand its range of services.

The firm, founded by experienced gas engineer Ian Henderson, recently attracted a £1m investment to support its long-term growth strategy, which includes creating 40 new jobs over the next 12 months and increasing annual turnover to £30m.

More than 600,000 homes across England are expected to be supported by the Green Homes Grant, which was announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak in July’s economic statement.

It will cover at two thirds of the cost of energy saving improvements, with homeowners able to apply for up to £5,000, while those on low incomes are not expected to make a contribution and can claim up to £10,000.

The vouchers will cover the cost of installing solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation, air source or ground source heating pumps and solar thermal heating.

Further energy saving measures include the installation of double, triple or secondary glazing, energy efficient doors and hot water tank and appliance tank thermostats and heating controls.

It is estimated that the initiative will support 80,000 jobs in green construction and save householders up to £600 a year.

Ian Henderson, managing director of Boiler Plan, said: “We are setting up our new eco department so that we are ready from day one to help as many people as possible access these grants and improve the energy performance of their homes.

“I predict that there will be a huge demand for these vouchers given that so many recognise the value of both cutting carbon emissions and heating bills.

“The housing stock in this country is among the least energy efficient in Europe and it is crucial that this problem is addressed if the UK is to lower its carbon footprint and raise more people out of fuel poverty.”