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Green Deal – What it means for Households

by prestwichfocus on January 29, 2013

The Government has announced the launch of the Green Deal, which started yesterday, 28 January 2013.

Essentially the Green Deal is a financing scheme to allow for energy saving improvements to be made to your house, paid for through a charge on your electricity bill going forward.

This was one of the promises the Lib Dems made in our manifesto at the last General Election: “offer a home energy improvement package … paid for by the savings from lower energy bills” .

Energy-saving improvements include:
insulation – eg loft or cavity wall insulation heating
draught-proofing
double glazing
renewable energy technologies – eg solar panels or wind turbines

The Green Deal is probably not right for everyone, but it may be something that people want to consider to save money on their heating bills over time. The idea is that the extra cost on your electricity bill is going to be less than the money you save by reducing your heating bills.

How to find out more
This is the Government’s Official Green Deal Website.
This newspaper article has some useful information about what it might mean.
This is a list of all the companies that currently provide the Green Deal.
This is Energy Minister Ed Davey MP writing on the Green Deal.

The first step is to get an assessment of your property to see what improvements you can make and how much you could save on your energy bills. If you’re a landlord, you must get your tenant’s permission before you sign up, and if you’re a tenant you must get your landlord’s permission to sign up – this also applies to social housing.

More information by phone:
Energy Saving Advice Service
0300 123 1234
Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm
Saturday, 10am to 2pm

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