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Green Deal Officially Launched

28 January 2013

The UK government have today officially launched their latest energy efficiency scheme.

The Green Deal will offer financial support to those householders looking to make energy-efficient improvements to their property.

Such improvements include: loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, heating, double glazing, draught proofing and microgeneration.

The scheme was originally scheduled to launch on 1 October 2012 but delays including a lack of computer software forced a four-month postponement.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will accompany the launch with a £2M publicity campaign, set to include advertisements on TV, radio and in the national press.

About the Green Deal

The Green Deal has been designed to provide financial assistance to those looking to make improvements relating to the energy efficiency of their property.

The first stage of the scheme requires a full assessment - carried out by an approved assessor - of the property in question.

The assessor will recommend improvements that will make better use of the property’s heat and energy. These might include:

  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • External wall insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Flat roof insulation
  • Draught proofing
  • Boiler replacement
  • Improved glazing (double or triple)
  • Storage heater replacement

To find out more about loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, external wall insulation and solid wall insulation, contact us today.

Following the assessment, the householder will be required to seek out a government-approved Green Deal Plan provider.

The provider will discuss any potential improvements and how they may be of benefit. When the improvements have been chosen, the householder will be required to sign the Green Deal Plan – a legally-binding agreement.

This plan will act as a loan in order to pay for the improvements upfront.

Repaying the Green Deal Loan

The householder will be responsible for repaying the Green Deal loan via their electricity bill. The repayable amount will be taken in instalments with their regular electricity bill until the sum is paid in full. The length of the loan can be up to 25 years.

This does not prevent the householder changing energy providers. The loan will simply be transferred to the new provider.

In the event that the homeowner moves, the loan will continue to be linked to the property and will become the responsibility of the new homeowner.

Green Deal Cashback Scheme

The government is also offering a Green Deal Cashback Scheme to those enrolling in the Green Deal itself.

Customers can apply for a cashback payment for each improvement that is undertaken on their property. These payments vary from £10 for hot water cylinder insulation to £650 for solid wall insulation. The more improvements made, the more the household is entitled to.

A total of £125M has been earmarked by the DECC for the cashback scheme, with only the first £40M being guaranteed on a first-come first-served basis.


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