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Majority Install After Green Deal Assessment

17 September 2013

More than four in five householders receiving a Green Deal assessment plan to install energy efficient home improvements, it has been revealed.

Research released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows that 81% of households undertaking a Green Deal assessment make plans to install energy-saving home improvements.

56% of those questioned had already made at least one change, while 6% are currently in the process and another 19% intend to make changes.

The findings are good news for the Government as it looks to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions throughout the UK. The statistics are also a boost in the wake of slow uptake of the Green Deal scheme.

Under the scheme, householders can utilise a loan to pay for energy efficient measures such as Solid Wall Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation. The scheme requires an assessment to be carried out to establish which measures would best suit a property. After the assessment, a Green Deal finance plan can be put in place.

As of the end of July some 58,124 assessments had been carried out. However, only 133 Green Deal plans were in place, with another 266 imminent. No plans were active (i.e. no measures were installed).

Critics pointed at these low figures as evidence that the scheme was a failure. However, these latest Government numbers show that the Green Deal is inspiring energy efficient home improvements.

At this time it appears householders prefer to finance these improvements through alternative methods, including savings, regular income, or even the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), a sister scheme that helps vulnerable and disadvantaged households pay for Cavity Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation and boiler replacement.

The research also found:

  • 78% believed the Green Deal assessment to be highly useful
  • 82% had confidence in the recommendations offered by the assessor
  • 72% would recommend an assessment to friends and family
  • 61% were motivated to undergo an assessment in a bid to save money

“It’s clear that Green Deal assessments are helping people to make their homes more energy efficient,” said Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey. “This is hugely encouraging and exactly what the Green Deal is designed to do.

“Green Deal assessments are proving to be extremely valuable and are leading to householders investing in energy saving measures. Some people are using Green Deal finance; others are paying in different ways. And of course people should do whatever works best for them.”


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