Increase in households signing up for Green Deal

July 19, 2013

Green Deal assessments saw an increase at the end of June, marking almost 44,500 by the end of the month – up from the 30,962 recorded in May.

The government's flagship energy programme took a noticeable hit last month as statistics revealed that just four households had signed up for a finance package as part of the initiative.

However, this has now risen to 36 households by the end of June, suggesting that the Green Deal still has potential for success.

Furthermore, government statistics have shown that a further 270 households are set to receive a Green Deal plan to install energy efficient measures.

By adding this figure onto what has been recorded already, the Green Deal seems to be making some headway in the market. However, it is still a long way away from the target of 10,000 finance packages by the end of the year.

The scheme is still in its infancy, and as such has struggled from a lack of businesses offering services as part of the initiative, with companies and assessors requiring Green Deal certification.

Furthermore, the policy is still being rolled out, with public awareness of the initiative and what it can provide still relatively low.

However, minister for energy and climate change Greg Barker has remained positive about the rise in take-up.

"It is very early days in the Green Deal but over 100,000 homes already have measures installed and now innovative private finance is beginning to flow," he said.

"We must remember that the Green Deal is an ambitious long-term programme that's only just getting started."

Mr Barker added that with the colder winter and autumn months approaching, these figures could increase even further, as households aim to reduce their energy bills.

The government statistics also revealed that there was a noticeable increase in the amount of cashback vouchers given out for improvements such as boiler replacements. Some 6,224 vouchers were issued by the end of June at a total value of £933,866. 

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