Scottish Householders Urged To Take Advantage Of Green Deal Assessments

1 July 2013

The Government is advising householders in Scotland to consider making energy saving home improvements to combat the rising cost of fuel bills.

In a bid to reduce carbon emissions and improve the energy efficiency of its housing stock while offering savings to residents, the Scottish Government is offering free Green Deal assessments to all.

The Green Deal is a UK-wide initiative setup to aid households with the cost of making home improvements that will improve the energy performance of their property. Under the scheme, households can apply for funding for more than 40 different measures, which range from Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation to solar PV and biomass heating.

According to Government calculation, the installation of Loft Insulation can reduce the cost of an annual energy bill by £175. Switching to double glazing (£165 p/a), draught-proofing (£55) and replacing an old boiler for an energy efficient model (£300) are also being promoted as cost-saving measures Scottish residents can take, and all are available as part of the Green Deal.

These measures are funded by an upfront loan that is repaid through a property’s electric bill. The scheme has been structured so that the sum of repayment must not exceed the sum that has been saved. For example, if the installation of Cavity Wall Insulation saves a household £135 per year, the cost of repayment will not be more than £135 per year. In essence, this makes it so that the householder will not be financially disadvantaged for making the changes.

In order to qualify for financing, it is first necessary to complete a Green Deal assessment. While an assessment may cost the household in other parts of the UK, the Scottish Government is making these assessments available for free.

“It is my belief that everyone in Scotland should live in a warm and safe home that doesn’t cost the earth to heat,” explained Energy Minister Fergus Ewing. “In these current economic times, it is more important than ever that people take advantage of money saving opportunities like these when they can.

“There is a wide range of financial support and offers available to Scottish households to support them when it comes to making the decision that is right for them. And from today, households can apply for a voucher for a free home energy assessment.

“I would urge anyone who would like to reduce their energy bills to contact the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland hotline line as soon as possible to find out about how to get a Green Deal assessment and to find out about the offers available to them.”

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