Some 1,803 properties have been assessed for a Green Deal package between the end of January and end of February, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reports.

This early take up of the flagship scheme has been of great encouragement to the government, with energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey saying the scheme had gotten off to an "excellent start" and showing signs of a "promising new market gathering momentum".

"We have created the Green Deal to overhaul our inefficient housing stock and help people keep their homes warm, while also reducing their energy bills. And as the market builds and awareness of the Green Deal increases, I am confident that consumer interest will grow and grow," he said.

The Green Deal allows householders to make energy efficient changes to their property without incurring costs up front. Loans can be taken up for improvements such as solar panels, double or triple glazing, insulation and energy efficient boilers.

Future savings in energy bills will pay off the cost of the loan, which gives customers a favourable rate of interest.

The DECC has also confirmed that 77 Green Deal assessor organisations and 619 Green Deal advisers have now received the relevant accreditation for the provision of services associated with the government scheme.

Furthermore, the DECC has said that £26.9 million contracts had been traded through the Energy Company Obligation brokerage system.

This particular scheme allows companies to to bid for work to improve energy efficiency, with the funding for these projects provided by energy companies.

With the scheme still in its infancy, this initial take up can be viewed favourably, as further time could see improvements made to the system to benefit consumers even more. In addition to cutting down on carbon emissions, once payments are completed consumers will see a long term benefit to reducing gas and electricity bills.