Green Deal Competition Sees Brighton Homes Given Eco Makeover

4 July 2013

Competition winners in Brighton and Hove have seen their homes given an eco-friendly makeover thanks to the Government’s flagship energy efficiency initiative, the Green Deal.

A total of 10 winners received up to £10,000 worth of carbon saving home improvements, including External Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, low energy lighting and energy efficient boilers.

The competition – organised by Brighton & Hove Council alongside its partners Brighton and Hove 10:10, The Green Building Partnership, and Low Carbon Trust – took advantage of £220,000 of funding received for its role as a Green Deal Pioneer Place.

The Green Deal allows households to apply for a loan to cover the upfront cost of making energy saving changes to their property. The scheme, which launched back in January, allows the cost of the loan to be repaid via the property’s electric bill, with the cost of repayments not exceeding the sum saved by undertaking the measures.

The scheme is being heralded by the Government as it looks to reduce carbon emissions and improve the energy efficiency of its housing stock.

In order to obtain funding, households must first undergo a Green Deal assessment. This is used to determine which measures will best suit a property. For some, External Wall Insulation could save money, while other properties will benefit from Cavity Wall Insulation. It is estimated that 5.5 million homes in the UK could benefit from Loft Insulation.

Brighton & Hove residents signing up for a Green Deal assessment before the end of February were entered into a draw with a chance of winning up to £10,000 worth of energy efficient home improvements. 10 winners were selected from 100 entrants.

Alex Hunt, director of the Green Building Partnership, told the Brighton and Hove News: “Come the winter, the householders will benefit from warmer rooms and lower energy bills and we are proud to have been part of that process.”

The 10 winning properties will be open to the public for two weekends per year until 2015. The council hopes that this will promote the measures available under the Green Deal, and entice more city residents to adopt the scheme.

Flemmich Webb, chairman of Brighton and Hove 10:10, said: “This project shows that once again Brighton and Hove is one of the leading cities in the country when it comes to delivering innovative energy efficiency projects.

“But we’re not stopping here. Brighton and Hove has some of the least energy-efficient housing stock in the country so we will continue to look for funding to carry on with our work.”

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