100,000 have taken up Green Deal

17 December 2013

Posted by Michelle Devonshire

Over 100,000 people have taken up the government's Green Deal scheme since January.

Figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show, out of these, 81 per cent intend to go through with at least one of the recommendations given as part of their assessment.

Of this group, 65 per cent, or 65,000 people, six per cent (6,000) are in the middle of doing so and ten per cent (10,000) are planning to act on at least one suggestion.

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: "The research undertaken in November and published today shows that Green Deal assessments are highly valued by consumers. Crucially, they are helping people to control their energy costs this winter."

Overall, 78 per cent found the process useful, with a matching percentage saying they had confidence in the recommendations given to them. A slightly smaller group of 76 per cent would also suggest the scheme to a friend.

Last week, however, there was some news regarding the performance of companies promoting the Green Deal. BBC show X-Ray found various companies, generally in South Wales, had been misinterpreting the details to customers.

This included telling potential customers it was not a loan, or stating they were approved without an assessment in their home. The programme started its investigation after hearing from customers who expected a new boiler for paying the initial fee.

Cardiff Metropolitan University's consumer law expert Huw Evans said: "From what I have heard there are breaches of the regulations as far as misleading information is concerned."

Overall, DECC aims to extend the Green Deal to many more people, estimating around eight million homes could take advantage of solid wall insulation, while a smaller four million could benefit from cavity alternatives.

Earlier this month, the government announced £540 million would be available to improve energy efficiency in buildings across the UK. Of this, £450 million will be applied towards private landlords and house owners.

Likewise, it will add more funds through Green Deal Communities, giving local authorities amounts ranging between £20 million and £80 million. Unlike singular assessments, this would be applied in a 'street-by-street' process.

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