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15 New Measures Added to Green Deal

17 January 2013

An additional 15 measures have been added to the Government’s energy efficiency scheme, which became operational on 28 January 2013.

The Green Deal – introduced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and administered by Ofgem – allows householders to take out a Government loan to pay for energy-efficient improvements to their property.

The deal is designed to improve the standards of heating and energy efficiency in households across England, Wales and Scotland. The move comes following fears that an increasing number of people are at risk of living in fuel poverty.

Previously it was announced that householders could apply for the loan to cover payment of improvements such as:

  • Loft insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Draught proofing
  • Boiler installation/replacement
  • Under-floor heating
  • Double glazing installation/replacement

Find out more about cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, solid wall insulation by contacting EnergyLink today.

It was recently announced that an additional 15 improvements will qualify under the Green Deal. The new measures include:

  • Chillers
  • Duct insulation
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) controls
  • Hot water showers
  • Hot water systems
  • Hot water taps
  • Roof lights, lamps and luminaires
  • Radiant heating
  • Sealing improvements
  • Solar blinds, shutters and shading devices
  • Transpired solar collectors
  • Variable speed drives for fans and pumps
  • Water source heat pumps

[List supplied by DECC]

A total of more than 30 measures are now incorporated into the Green Deal scheme, including those relating to heating and ventilation, building fabric, and water heating.

In order to benefit from a Green Deal loan, householders must first have their property evaluated by an approved assessor. Following assessment, a loan will be issued against the property based on the required improvements. This loan will be paid back over a designated period (up to 25 years) from the householder’s standard energy bill.

A cashback scheme has also been established that allows householders to claim money back on any improvements carried out. For example, those benefiting from cavity wall insulation can claim back £250; those having loft insulation can claim £100; and those receiving solid wall insulation can earn up to £650 back.

The Government hopes that the Green Deal scheme will take between 125,000 and 250,000 homes out of fuel poverty over the next 10 years.

To find out more about the Green Deal, what improvements you can apply for, and what measures you can take to better insulate your home, contact EnergyLink today.


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