Over 1,800 Green Deal assessments have been carried out, according to government statistics released earlier today.
The Green Deal launched at the end of January and is a new scheme that provides homeowners with a loan to install energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and double glazing.
The loan is then repaid over several years via the customer’s energy bills. Watch our video about the Green Deal to find out more about how the Green Deal works.
Which? supports helping people save energy and money through energy efficiency but the Government must live up to its promise to protect the consumer from mis-selling under the Green Deal.
Green Deal in numbers
Green Deal assessments range in price from around £80- £175, with British Gas currently offering an assessment for £99, according to research by Which? in late January. Some councils, however, offer them for free.
In December and January when the scheme soft launched just 74 Green Deal assessments were carried out, while in February 1,729 assessments were done.
The government figures also reveal that by the end of February there were 736 companies registered as Green Deal providers and assessors. Major energy companies including British Gas, Npower, SSE and EDF are all now registered as Green Deal providers.
Green Deal – shop around
As with any financial product, we recommend shopping around and researching whether or not the Green Deal is right for you and offers real value for money.
Which? has produced a checklist on what to look out for when having a Green Deal assessment. You can get as many quotes as you want but check for charges.
There are other means of paying for energy efficiency improvements such as extending your mortgage, but the best option will depend on your circumstances.
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