'Green Deal’ for home energy efficiency unveiledEnergy-saving measures with no upfront fee
03 November 2010
Consumers who want to cut their energy bills will soon be able to make their homes more energy efficient at no upfront cost thanks to the government's Green Deal scheme.
Under the Green Deal consumers will be able to employ accredited installers to make energy-saving improvements, such as loft and wall insulation, to homes and pay back the cost in installments as their energy bills begin to drop.
The scheme breaks new ground with its ‘pay as you save’ model for repayments, which will be deducted from energy bills and be limited to the savings that are being made from the installed energy-efficiency measures.
Unveiling details of the Green Deal today, energy and climate change minister Chris Huhne said: ‘The Green Deal’s about making people feel as warm as toast in their homes. I want Britain to say goodbye forever to leaky lofts and chilly draughts. At a time of increasing gas prices energy efficiency is a no-brainer.
‘It’s also a massive economic and job opportunity which could help Britain’s economy turn the corner. With up to 100,000 green jobs up for grabs over the next five years, and even more in the long term, this is about growing our economy in a way that’s good for jobs, the environment and energy security.’
Which? welcomed the Green Deal, but urged the government to ensure advice on energy-saving measures remains independent, and that installers and products are properly accredited.
Which? energy campaigner Clare Corbett said: 'The Green Deal promises much, but the devil will be in the detail. We're pleased that the Government recognises the need for independent advice and product accreditation to ensure that the Green Deal truly benefits consumers.
'Unless we get these vital details right, consumers could be left vulnerable to unscrupulous firms looking to cash in on the increasing demand for energy-efficiency measures.'Our guide to how to use less electricity has money-saving tips on how to reduce you electricity bill and shows how energy-efficient appliances could help you save as much as £100 on energy each year.
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