The Governments Green Deal scheme was introduced to help make energy-saving improvements to home’s across the UK. There are various ways individual properties could save energy and money, but it would typically involve things such as:
- Insulation, eg solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation
- Double glazine
- Renewable energy generation, eg solar panels or heat pumps
For a full list of improvements available under the Green Deal, click here!
Alternatively, you can use the governments energy grants calculator – www.gov.uk/energy-grants-calculator – in order to see where your property could benefit from energy-saving improvements.
In order to qualify, your home must have an electricity meter. If you rent your home the landlord and tenant must agree to any improvements prior to work being carried out.
In order to qualify for the scheme a Green Deal assessment must recommend any changes. There are various ways to get a Green Deal assessment for your property:
- Find a Green Deal assessor
- Ask a Green Deal provider to find an assessor for you
Assessments may not be free but if there is a fee for an assessment it must be agreed prior to the assessment getting started. Assessments involve a Green Deal assessor visiting your home in order to ask various questions about the property and how it is used. Once the visit has taken place you’ll receive a Green Deal advice report, this will contain:
- An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that will give a rating of your home’s energy efficiency.
- An occupancy assessment that will tell you how much energy your household is using.
- Details of improvements the assessor recommends to the property.
- An estimation of how much money these improvements could save you annually.
- A statement citing whether the recommended improvements will pay for themselves through reduced energy costs.
This report is valid for ten years, or until energy saving changes are made to the property. Once the report recommendations are given, it is up to you to decide which changes, if any, you’d like to make.
There are several ways to pay for any work undertaken under the Green Deal including:
- Advanced payment
- Green Deal finance plan
- Use other schemes to fund the work (feed-in tariffs, RHI etc)
If you choose to complete the work through Green Deal finance, your repayments will be automatically added to your electricity bill.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is also available to claim back money from energy-saving home improvements.
Up to £1,250 can be claimed back, plus £500 more if applying within a year of buying a home, from the cost of installing any 2 of the following:
- A condensing gas boiler or mains gas
- Double or triple glazing (if replacing single glazing)
- Secondary glazing
- Energy efficient replacement external doors
- Cavity wall insulation
- Floor insulation
- Flat-roof insulation
- Insulation for a room in the roof
- A replacement warm air unit
- Fan-assisted storage heaters
- A waste water heat recovery system.
For help or guidance with any of the information provided on the Green Deal, please call us on 01698 300100. We’d be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have on how Thermsaver can support you with this, or any of the above scheme’s.