Energy-efficiency in the home..

"By making energy efficiency measures more accessible to the nation’s home owners, the Green Deal will help to lower carbon emissions across the UK and help consumers save money on their energy bills..

The Government-backed Green Dealprogramme will help bill payers make energy-saving improvements to keep their homes warm and cosy. With the Green Deal people will be able to pay for some or all of the work done with the savings expected to be made on energy bills. ECO, a subsidy from energy suppliers, will provide extra help for those most in need and for properties that are harder to treat

These policies will boost the burgeoning low carbon economy by supporting up to 60,000 jobs in the insulation sector alone by 2015, up from around 26,000 today. They will empower consumers by giving them new ways of funding home improvements and empower businesses by enabling them to compete for energy efficiency opportunities in new and innovative ways"

Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Sep 2012

 

 

 

 


The Green Deal, 2012, is the UK government's flagship energy-savings plan to transform the country's homes to make them warmer and cheaper to run

 

"The Green Deal will be the biggest home improvement programme since the Second World War shifting our outdated draughty houses from the past into the future .."

Greg Barker, UK Climate Change Minister

 

"The mission is to reduce carbon emissions cost-effectively by revolutionising the energy efficiency of British properties"

Department of Energy & Climate Change


"..community engagement and civic pride will have a large role to play in driving up-take of Green Deal services

"I think it important to recognise that energy efficiency is not just about saving carbon, important though that is. It is also about providing people with homes they are happy to live in. It is about tapping into a sense of home improvement" Greg Barker, UK Climate Change Minister, March 2012

 

Click here for government video explaining the Green Deal

"The Green Deal mechanism will enable households and businesses to install energy efficiency improvements to their property from registered providers at no upfront cost, with repayments attached to the property rather than the individual"
Now launched : Green Deal Improvement Fund
Updating the Green Deal and offering more cash contribution
"The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) is a
new incentive scheme open to all householders
in England and Wales wanting to improve
the energy efficiency of their homes"

 

Under this new incentive scheme, which is available from June 2014, domestic energy customers can get:
  • up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list; and/or
  • up to £6000 for installing solid wall insulation; and
  • up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment

 

The Green Deal itself.. From Autumn (October) 2012 homeowners have been able to access up to £10,000 upfront to pay for energy-efficiency work, repaying the costs through efficiencies on energy bills

Similar support is available through the Green Deal for businesses and there is extra help (ECO, the Energy Companies Obligation) for  vulnerable people or those living in homes which need more work than Green Deal finance alone will stretch to

 

The Golden Rule is a fundamental part of the Green Deal - the monthly repayments for the cost of the energy-savings measures installed must be less than - or at least equal to - the energy bill savings property owners enjoy from the resulting efficiency improvements

Given that energy efficiency measures almost invariably lead to lower bills, this rule should be straightforward to apply

Example: A Green Deal Provider offers funds (up to £10,000) for you to spend on energy-efficiency measures to improve your home and saving you  £300 a year (£25/month) on your energy bills. You, or whoever moves into the house after you, then pays the provider £20 a month, say, until the £10,000 is paid off,(40 years in this example)

Your house is warmer and more efficient, your carbon emissions are lower, and you are at least £60 better off each year. Everyone's a winner, says the government, because, under the Golden Rule, the amount you pay back monthly on the £10,000 loan will be less than the reduction in your monthly utilities (electricity and gas) bills

 

Green Deal Advisors, of which some will act as Independents, will have government-specified training to be able to carry out the assessment of the home and of the energy-efficiency measures that the Provider will supply and finance

An Energy Performance Certificate will be produced by the Green Deal Advisor after the Green Deal Assessment to provide the Provider with the details required about the premises

 

 

Assessment by GD advisor, Finance by GD provider, Installation by GD insstaller, Repayment through electricity supplier, all overseen by GD registration and oversight body


Image:Energy Savings Trust

 

 

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UK Department of Energy  Climate Change

Press Release

by Minister Greg Barker 13 April 2012

 

"When it launches this autumn, the Green Deal will become the most ambitious home improvement programme since the second world war. It is at the heart of the Government’s strategy, not just to Green our economy but to also help family’s improve their homes, cut their fuel bills and with that, reduce the UK’s dependence on expensive imported fossil fuels. But to achieve our ambitious goals, it will need to run for nearly two decades.  A clear long term perspective, patience and pragmatism  will be vital to its success as the market for the  Green Deal builds and evolves

In the next few weeks and months, working closely with the private sector and Local Authorities, we will put in place the final details of the scheme.  But before those details have even been announced the sceptics and the critics have been sharpening their pencils. I have no doubt that after the scheme has gone live, with the benefit of real life experience, we will want to come forward with improvements to the way it works and in due course,  additional incentives and appropriate penalties to keep it on track, as well as take account of exciting new technologies as they become available
However the basic Green Deal framework for allowing people to make improvements to their home without any upfront cost which can then be paid for through electricity bills over twenty five years, from the very savings they create, leaving people better off;  that is rock solid

To some people this sounds too good to be true and others have misinterpreted existing research or just got their facts plain wrong. So I want to address some of the urban myths about the Green Deal that seem to be doing the rounds:

1. People won’t save money

People can expect to save money.There will be two assessments to help consumers see for themselves how much they stand to save. The first assessment will take account of the average energy use of the home, and the second will look at how the occupants use the home so they can enter the Green Deal knowing how best to maximise what they will save.The Green Deal charge will be fixed from the start too and is designed to ensure money is saved based on existing energy prices. So if energy prices rise, which seems likely, savings will substantially increase

2. The method used to calculate the savings is inaccurate

This isn’t true. The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), which is what we use to calculate how much people will save, is based on a survey of thousands of homes and is being constantly updated to take account of the latest research and experience of energy saving measures.

3. A number of surveys and pilots have shown that people don’t save

Research highlighted recently in the media was based on a handful of homes and included a wide range of home improvements beyond what was necessary to reduce their bills. Further, the trials were not done to Green Deal standards as they included a number of measures that won’t be fully funded under the Green Deal like solar heating which will be subsidised under a different scheme. Therefore they were not testing the Green Deal

Clearly Government can’t guarantee people will save money if they then change the way they use energy, for example by heating their home for longer each day. But they should still save money compared to what it would have cost to power their home in that way without a Green Deal

4. People will have to pay for improvement work if they want to build a conservatory

This is simply not true. Standard sized conservatories are not included in the plans that the Communities Department has been consulting on

5.People will be forced to take out a Green Deal

This is absolutely not true. The Green Deal is simply one option for funding energy efficiency measures which people may wish to consider, but no one will be compelled to take out a Green Deal Plan. Further, Green Deal is not personal debt nor standard credit scored as the finance will be attached to the electricity bill of the property

 

22 pioneer providers have already signed up to be part of the Green Deal from the initial stages and more are expected, here’s what a few of them have said:

-       Sally Hancox, Director, Gentoo Group, said:
“Gentoo has a firm belief in the potential of the Green Deal to enable large scale retrofit programmes across the UK. The principles of the Green Deal are sound and as a group, Gentoo has a strong desire to enable its customers in Sunderland and others across the UK to benefit.”

-       Rob Lambe, Managing Director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services said:
“In the UK we have become too used to living in cold uncomfortable homes with increasing numbers living in fuel poverty, under Green Deal, our strong tradition of home improvement will be able to readily combine aesthetics and function with increased warmth whilst protecting against rising fuel bills and climate change – a great business opportunity”

-       Adam Hewson, Director, ReEnergise Finance Ltd said:
“We believe The Green Deal represents an important element in the overall drive to reduce carbon emissions and improve the UK’s overall energy efficiency. It is also a natural part of ReEnergise’s business model – combining energy advice, project management and finance

-       John Egan, CEO, Enact Energy Renewables Limited said:
“Enact is pleased to be a part of the Pioneer Green Deal Provider Group. The Green Deal promises to move the renewable and energy saving market on from the consideration of individual technologies and measures to a genuine ‘whole house’ approach to improving the energy performance of UK homes. The role of a Green Deal Provider very closely matches the role that Enact has played since 1996 under its own name, and in partnership with local councils, and over the last few years on behalf of Marks & Spencer and Tesco.”

-       Phil Gilbert, Head of Energy Innovation, E.ON said:
“Green Deal has the potential to help millions of customers to improve their homes, cut their fuel bills and their carbon emissions, without needing to find the upfront investment”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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