Green Deal Offers Cash Back for Early Adopters
Some points to remember when applying for the Green Deal and some incentives not to miss!
With the Green Deal officially launched at the end of last month Energie Solutions Ltd are working hard preparing for the ECO measures and Green Deal Plans to be initiated.
There is still plenty of work to be done to inform the public of how they can access the Green Deal and how the planned Government Cashback Scheme will be implemented.
The Government are trying to reach as many of the 26 million households and 4.5 million businesses as possible in Great Britain to benefit from energy efficiency improvements.
The Green Deal is open to owner-occupiers, those renting privately or in social housing and landlords to remove the up-front costs of installing a number of energy efficient measures.
To start the Green Deal process a householder needs to have a Green Deal Assessment (GDA) carried out on their property by an accredited Green Deal Assessor displaying the official Green Deal quality mark.
The basis of the Green Deal Assessment is an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) which contains information about a property and how efficiently it uses energy. In addition to the EPC the assessor will take into account the characteristics of the occupants and how they themselves use energy. These are then collated into the Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) which explains what improvements can be made and the expected energy savings.
It is important to remember that the GDAR is the homeowners possession and therefore when contacting Green Deal Assessor there will often be a charge for the GDA. The alternative is to approach a Green Deal Provider first who will often waive the assessment fee if you use their providers network of installers.
Once the homeowner has received the GDAR then they should approach a Green Deal Provider, you can search for a provider on this site here to obtain a quotation for installing the measures that have been recommended. A homeowner can approach any number of providers for quotation purposes and does not have to choose all of the recommended measures. Once the homeowner has a Green Deal provider they will write up the Green Deal Plan. The plan is a contract between the homeowner and the Provider detailing the work that will be carried out and the repayments.
For the early up takers of Green Deal Plans The Government is running an incentive scheme called the Green Deal Cashback Scheme. This scheme is a first come, first served offer where householders who sign up to a Green Deal Plan and have the measures installed can claim Cashback from The Government. The more measures that are installed the greater the value of the cashback payment.
Throughout the Green Deal process all parties involved should display the Green Deal Quality Mark . Only registered accredited companies can use the quality mark which shows they meet the Green Deal Standards and operate in accordance with the Green Deal Code of Practice.
Nigel Day is the co-founder of Energie Solutions Ltd and has over 7 years experience in both domestic and commercial energy installation solutions. If you are interested in getting in touch with Nigel he can be contacted on or Tweet me @Nigel4Energie