The Green Deal
Saving energy saves you money!
The Green Deal is a new way to pay for energy-saving home improvements, like insulation, to make your home more comfortable. This scheme lets you pay for some or all of the improvements over time on your electricity bill. Repayments are calculated so that they will be no more than a typical household should save in energy costs. This means you should not feel the cost of having the work carried out, but still feel the benefit.
A series of quick guides on the Green Deal are available below for households, owners, tenants and landlords (all links will open the GOV.UK website):
Introduction to the Green Deal
Introduction to the Green Deal - The Green Deal is a new way to pay for home improvements, find out how you could save energy and improve your home with the Green Deal.
Green Deal for residential landlords
Green Deal for residential landlords - You can get a Green Deal for residential properties that are rented – but both the landlord and tenant must give permission.
Green Deal for social housing tenants
Green Deal for social housing tenants - As a social housing tenant you can take advantage of the Green Deal too. But you will need your landlord’s permission.
Green Deal for social housing providers
Green Deal for social housing providers - Social housing providers can participate in the Green Deal and help to improve housing stock for their tenants.
The Green Deal assessment
The Green Deal assessment - The Green Deal starts with an impartial assessment of your property. 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 to your home. Don’t forget to look out for the Green Deal Approved quality mark as only approved Assessors can use this mark and operate under the Green Deal.
After your Green Deal assessment
After the Green Deal assessment - Your Assessor should have now provided you with an understanding of the types of improvements you could make to your home. So where do I go from here?
Moving into a home with a Green Deal
Moving into a Green Deal home - If you are moving into a home with a Green Deal the owner or landlord must provide you with relevant information. A home with a Green Deal will have had energy-saving improvements, to help make it more energy efficient, but as the new occupier of the home you’ll need to make the repayments for the improvements through the electricity bill.
Energy Company Obligation
Energy Companies Obligation - Households on benefits or low incomes and those who live in older properties, may qualify for extra financial assistance through the Energy Companies Obligation. This is a new scheme, funded by energy suppliers, to help reduce energy consumption. This quick guide will provides you with more information and how you can find out if you may be eligible.
Consumer protection - Your consumer rights and protection have been considered at every stage of the Green Deal. You can get free and impartial advice about the Green Deal through the Energy Saving Advice Service. Green Deals are also regulated under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
Energy company obligation
The Energy Company Obligation is a key element of the Green Deal and has been introduced as a replacement for Warm Front Grants. The Energy Company Obligation is aimed at households on benefits or low incomes and those who live in older properties who may qualify for extra financial assistance through the Energy Company Obligation.
This is a new scheme, funded by energy suppliers, to help reduce energy consumption. The Energy Companies Obligation quick guide (GOV.UK website) will provide you with more information and what you need to meet the criteria.