Green Deal encourages energy-efficient installations

June 26, 2013

A number of residents across the UK are taking advantage of the Green Deal to install carbon reducing technology to their property, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has reported.

According to new research from the DECC, some 47 per cent of people who had received a Green Deal advice report after a Green Deal Assessment said that they had already installed energy saving measures, or were in the process of doing so.

In addition to this, 31 per cent of respondents said they would "definitely or probably" have one such measure installed on their property.

The Green Deal allows households and businesses to access technology such as solar panels, insulation or double-glazing with upfront costs paid by a loan which is then paid back following savings on energy bills.

Furthermore, the DECC found that a Green Deal assessment was a positive experience for 75 per cent of respondents who stated that the usefulness of this was 'high'. Some 77 per cent were also confident that their assessors' recommendations were appropriate and correct.

According to the government organisation, Green Deal awareness has doubled in recent months, with 22 per cent of residents now aware of the scheme in comparison to the ten per cent that had heard of it in November 2012.

Energy secretary Ed Davey told visitors to an All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Green Deal that British householders are "motivated by energy efficiency".

"Last week we saw evidence that energy efficiency adds a premium to property values. Now we have evidence that Green Deal assessments are leading to householders investing in energy saving measures," he said.

"The Green Deal has only just got underway, but it's already inspiring consumers to take action to keep their homes warm and bills down."

 

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