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New incentives for green home improvements

Households can claim up to £7,600 from new fund

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Green home improvements can help you save money on your energy bills

A new scheme will allow households to claim back money on energy efficiency measures – like a new gas boiler or cavity wall insulation. 

The new scheme is called the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund and will be available to people in England and Wales from June. To be eligible, you’ll need to have a Green Deal assessment report or an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) from the last two years. You won’t need to take out a Green Deal loan to qualify for the funding.

According to today’s announcement, householders will be able to claim back:

  • Up to £1,000 for installing two measures from an approved list (which includes condensing gas boilers and double glazing to replace single glazing)
  • Up to £6,000 for installing solid wall insulation
  • Up to £100 refunded for a Green Deal assessment

Commenting on today’s announcement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Which? said: ‘Measures that help people make their homes more energy efficient are a vital way to help save money on bills. However, we would like to see a full review of the root causes of the lack of interest in the Green Deal before any more money is allocated’.

Energy-saving home improvements

Many homes could benefit from installing energy-saving improvements. Fitting a new gas boiler can save you hundreds of pounds on your energy bills while fitting loft insulation can prevent warmth from escaping through the roof and make your home cheaper to heat.

Choose a Best Buy boiler to be sure of finding a model that represents the very best combination of owner satisfaction and brand reliability, based on our annual survey of boiler owners. 

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Next step for troubled Green Deal scheme

The Green Deal is an energy-efficiency scheme that was launched in January 2013. Approved Green Deal assessors evaluate your home and make recommendations for energy-saving improvements that can be paid for with a Green Deal loan. Loan repayments are added to your energy bill and they should not exceed the subsequent savings from your new improvements, though this is not guaranteed

This is a complex scheme, so we have a detailed Green Deal guide to help you decide if it could be right for you and your home.

Which? reported in July 2013 that the Green Deal was suffering from teething problems months after its launch, with our research revealing that some advisors were recommending measures that were unsuitable and not asking for enough information from homeowners.

Although there have been 188,000 assessments only 2,000 loans have been taken out.

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