Putting it simply, the Green Deal helps you make energy-saving improvements to your home and pay for them via your electricity bills over a number of years. The obligation to pay for the installations remains with the property owner and bill payer so if you move home, the new owner will take over the repayments.
Any household with an electricity meter in England, Scotland or Wales can use the scheme.
The first stage is to undergo a Green Deal Assessment, which must be undertaken by a Green Deal Assessor. The Assessment will identify the different measures you can install to make your property more energy efficient.
At the Assessment you may be asked if you own or rent the property; if your home is a listed building, in a conservation area, built before 1900 or constructed in a non-traditional way. You will also be asked to provide bills showing your recent energy use.
You will receive your Green Deal Advice Report (“GDAR”) containing an Energy Performance Certificate that rates your home for energy efficiency; an occupancy assessment that measures how much energy you and other occupiers are using; details of the improvements your assessor recommends; an estimate of the money you could save on your annual energy bills and a statement on whether the improvements will pay for themselves through reduced energy costs.
GDARs are valid for 10 years or until you make changes or energy saving improvements to your property.
The GDAR will need to be sent to one or more Green Providers for them to produce a Green Deal Plan i.e. the financial package to pay for the installation of the measures.
Once the Green Plan is agreed, you need to decide how to get the work done. If your GDAR was organised by a Green Deal Provider they may be able to recommend or put you in contact with a Green Deal Installer or you can find the Green Deal Installer yourself by searching on the Green Deal Participant Register at http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/green-deal-participant-register
Your Green Deal repayments will be automatically added to your electricity bill if you have chosen to take Green Deal finance.
The annual repayments on the loan should not be more than the savings you might make on your energy bills.
For more information on the Green Deal contact the Energy Saving Advice Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0300 123 1234.
Southern Energy Solutions is accredited as a Green Deal Advice Organisation, a Green Deal Installer and a Green Deal Provider offering its customers a one-stop shop for all of their Green Deal requirements. Contact us today to see how we can help you make your home more energy efficient.