Following almost universal condemnation for its bureaucracy and cost, the government has had to attempt to entice homeowners to look again at the Green Deal.
Households carrying out energy efficiency improvements on their home can now get more money back to offset the cost of having the work done. From June, people in England and Wales will be able to get up to £7,600 back through a new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).
It also argues that it helps answer the criticism relating to how the scheme was weighted against smaller businesses in the energy efficiency sector. The government is urging Green Deal Installers and Providers that they should register with the scheme now.
Department of Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, commented: “Faulty boilers, draughty windows and insufficient insulation, all cause properties to leak hundreds of pounds every year. But advice and support through the Green Deal can help put a stop to this.”
The average annual bill saving from installing major measures, such as solid wall insulation in a three-bed semi-detached house is £270, while the government argues that savings from other measures, like upgrading a boiler can knock around £100 off a customer’s bill.
Under the new incentive scheme, which is available from June, domestic energy customers can get:
- Up to £1,000 for installing two measures from an approved list; and/or up to £6,000 for installing solid wall insulation.
- Up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment.
- The scheme also entitles those who have bought a property in the 12 months prior to application to qualify for up to an additional £500 if they carry out energy efficiency improvements.
In December 2013 the government announced a £540 million three year energy efficiency package to make Britain’s homes and public buildings more energy efficient.
The GDHIF also applies to private or social landlords, who can benefit if they undertake to improve the property and are paying the costs themselves.
Caption Ed Davey, Energy Secretary – additional funding will help answer the critics of the Green Deal.