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Big Increase In Green Deal Assessments During March

11 April 2013

The number of Green Deal Assessments rose by a staggering 330% in March, according to the latest Government figures.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has reported that more than 7,000 Green Deal Assessments were lodged between 1st and 31st March.

The figures are good news for the Government, which is continuing its campaign to aid those living in, or at risk of, fuel poverty.

According to the Government statistics released on 11th April, 7,465 Assessments were lodged during March, the second full month the scheme has been running. That compares to 1,729 conducted in February, representing an increase of more than 330%.

The total number of Assessments lodged now stands at 9,268 from January 28th to 31st March.

"9,268 Green Deal assessments taking place in just over two months is very encouraging and shows a genuine interest from consumers," said climate change minister, Greg Barker.

“It is clearly very early days but the latest figures show that this new market is gathering real momentum.”

Under the scheme, householders can apply for a loan to cover the upfront cost of applying energy efficient measures to their property. These measures include Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation.

Measures such as Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation are being championed under the scheme as the Government looks to plug ‘leaky’ households. With energy prices on the rise, preventing energy loss is the most cost-effective way in which to help consumers fight increasing energy bills.

Low income households and those in areas of known fuel poverty may be eligible for a grant that covers the entire cost of Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Those who do not qualify can take advantage of Green Deal Finance.

The Government report goes on to state that 108 Green Deal Assessment Organisations have now been certified, an increase of 31 over the previous month.

A total of 1,003 Green Deal Advisors are now employed, up from 618 at the end of February.

Green Deal Advisors are responsible for carrying out initial evaluations to determine which energy-saving measures are most suitable for each householder. All advisors must be aligned to a certified Green Deal Assessment Organisation.

“The number of businesses getting on board continues to rise steadily, underlining that the Green Deal offers fantastic new commercial opportunities,” Barker said in a statement.

“Overall this is a really promising start for the Green Deal.”


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