Green Deal may be an option for you to reduce your energy consumption by installing energy efficiency measures. Green Deal is a new Government led scheme that aims to improve the energy efficiency of Britain's housing stock and business premises.
From January 2013, home owners, people living in private rented accommodation and businesses may be able to make energy efficiency improvements to your home or business premised with little or no upfront costs.
With a Green Deal you can arrange finance via a Green Deal Provider to pay for energy efficiency improvements to your property. The expected energy cost savings you will make by improving the energy efficiency of your property over the lifetime of the measure installed, should be greater than the cost of the improvement - this is called the Golden Rule.
These savings will then repay the finance via a charge on your electricity bill.
If you move house or business premises in the future, the Green Deal charge is taken over by the new occupant who will continue to benefit from the energy efficiency measures you have installed.
What energy efficiency improvements can be installed?
- Loft insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- External and internal solid wall insulation
- Boilers - high efficiency condensing boilers and air or ground source heat pumps
- Replacement windows
- Renewable technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels
- Draught proofing
More information on other measures that may be available can be discussed with your chosen Green Deal Provider.
How does Green Deal work?
- Seek impartial advice via telephone or internet by calling the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 or visit www.gov.uk
- An accredited Green Deal Assessor visits property, carries out assessment and recommends measures.
- Get a quote from a Green Deal Provider. You are free to shop around for quotes with many providers.
- You sign up to package of measures with a Green Deal Provider financed by a Green Deal plan.
- Green Deal Provider arranges for an accredited installer to visit and carry out work.
- Accredited installer carries out improvements to the property.
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) updated to reflect the improvements.
- Green Deal Provider notifies electricity supply company and repayments are collected through electricity bills.
- Charge ends once repayments complete.
For impartial advice and to find out more about taking out a Green Deal to improve your home contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 or visit www.gov.uk.
Other useful links for information about Green Deal:
More from energy efficiency at home
- Learn more with our energy saving tips.
- See if you qualify for our home insulation or boiler offer.
- Find out more about Green Deal.
- Learn how you can save with the energy efficiency survey.
- Find out how to get the best from your electric heating.
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