Energy Efficiency in the home
Ensuring that your home is energy efficient not only reduces carbon emissions but can also save you money on your energy bills. Measures such as insulating the loft and walls of your home, installing an energy efficient boiler and installing double glazing are some of the ways you can make your home energy efficient. The cost of carrying out energy efficiency work to your home can be met by accessing the Green Deal.
The Green Deal
The Green Deal is a new government initiative designed to help meet the upfront cost of making a home more energy efficient. Launched in late 2012, the Green Deal will be used to install energy-efficiency measures and improvements through a loan from an energy company. The loan will be repaid as part of a person’s energy bill. The cost of the improvement will have to meet the “Golden Rule” and the loan repayment will have to be less than the resulting reduction in the energy cost. Repayments will spread the cost over time however; this is not a conventional personal loan as the charge is attached to the meter and paid back through the fuel bill. If a person moves out, the idea is that the new occupant will pick up the charge while also benefiting from a more energy-efficient property. To find a Green Deal provider use the following link, http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/consumersearch
The Green Deal financial mechanism is seen as an improvement over previous schemes as it eliminates the need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures and instead provides reassurances that cover the cost of the measures that should be covered by savings on the energy bill.
How the Green Deal works
Firstly, a Green Deal Assessor will come to your home, talk to you about your energy use and see if you could benefit from making energy efficiency improvements. Your Assessor will recommend improvements that are appropriate for your property and indicate whether they are expected to pay for themselves through reduced energy bills. Green Deal Providers will then quote for the recommended improvements. You can get as many quotes as you like, and you don’t have to choose all of the recommendations made to you.
Some householders in older properties, and those on benefits or low incomes may qualify for extra financial assistance through the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). This is a new scheme, funded by energy suppliers, to help reduce Britain’s energy consumption.
Once you’ve chosen a Green Deal Provider, they will write up a Green Deal Plan. The plan is a contract between you and the Provider – it sets out the work that will be done and the repayments, including the fixed interest rate. Once you’ve agreed to a Green Deal Plan, your Provider will arrange for the improvements to be made to your home by a Green Deal Installer. You can then start to enjoy a more energy efficient home. Your Green Deal repayments will be automatically added to the electricity bill for the home.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/greendeal or call the Energy Savings Advice Service on 0300 123 1234
Cosy Homes in Lancashire (ChiL)
The ChiL scheme offers various energy efficient measures for qualifying residents the referral form can be downloaded here
Warm Homes Discount Scheme
You may qualify for this discount if on the ‘qualifying day’ (12 July 2014) your supplier was part of the scheme, your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill and you were either:
- 75 or over and getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit)
- under 75 and only getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (you won’t qualify if you also get Savings Credit)
Other groups of people may qualify for the discount and you should contact your energy supplier about this or visit https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme/eligibility or call the Warm Home Discount Scheme helpline Telephone: 0845 603 9439 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm