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Government reveals Green Deal scheme details

Government reveals Green Deal scheme details

Category: Utilities

Updated: 02/06/2011
First Published: 02/06/2011

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The Government has revealed more details about the Green Deal scheme that it hopes will make the UK's homes more energy efficient.

The plan is due to be launched in autumn 2012 and will allow homeowners to have insulation work to their properties worth up to £10,000, making homes cheaper to run and warmer.

People will then be able to pay back the money through charges on their energy bills, although the scheme will ensure that homeowners will save more on their bills than they pay back.

A number of home improvements are likely to be made available to people who sign up for the scheme, including loft insulation, double glazing and boiler improvements.

The Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, said the Green Deal had been set up to ensure consumers are not ripped off.

Firms that get involved with the scheme will be expected to use assessors to work out how much people can save through energy improvements.

Accredited installers will then carry out the work, after which people will begin to pay the money back.

The Government hopes that a number of household firms will sign up to the scheme but, despite the likes of Tesco and British Gas having been linked with Green Deal, nobody has confirmed they will be participating.

"The Green Deal will be the biggest home improvement programme since the Second World War, shifting our outdated draughty homes from the past into the future, so it is vital people can trust it."

The minister's comments have been echoed by consumer group, Consumer Focus.

"It would be so easy for the Green Deal to be undermined by bad selling, poor service and low quality," Audrey Gallacher, head of energy at Consumer Focus, said.

"Government and industry need to focus on winning the trust and confidence of consumers by ensuring good standards of advice, support and consumer protections whoever supplies the services."

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