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Green Deal – Layman’s terms

What will green deal be like when its actually launched?

Although still open to consultation, this is what Green Deal is expected to do:

1. A Green Deal Provider (GDP) performs an Green Deal assessment of your home.

2. The assessment identifies measures where you could cut your energy bills.

3. The GDP, designs the systems and installations that will improve the energy efficiency of the property.

4. The GDP recruits a certified installer(s) to install the energy efficiency measures.

5. The GDP sub-contracts the installation to the installer and uses Green Deal finance to pay them.

6. The repayments for the finance are re-paid by a charge on the energy bills for the property. Whoever is responsible for paying the bills is responsible for re-paying the finance, regardless of whether they lived there when the installation was put in.

Green Deal essentially hinges on the reduction in the customers energy bills being more than the charge that repays them, such that the customer sees a benefit, though doesn’t suffer any up front cost.

For this to work, the advice given by the green deal advisor (who works for the GDP) must be very clear in terms of how the installations will cut the energy bills of the household and how they can generate savings on the back of this installation. Otherwise bills will go up.

For example, if someone has their heating set to a timer, such as night time storage heat, or even gas boiler that they like to come on for a few hours in the morning then again in the evening. In many cases the householders will not amend their timers, they will notice a more comfortable, warmer home as a result of the green deal measure (e.g. insulation) however they have not reduced their energy consumption. This is why advice is crucial to the success of Green Deal.

If the advice is given correctly and is followed up on to check that the householder is getting the predicted benefit – and if not, why not, then Green Deal will work, if householders are not given good advice then green deal finance could quickly be squandered with no reduction in household energy bills.


Renewable heat premium payment scheme and you

The government announced the first part of the new renewable heat incentive – the renewable heat premium payment scheme.

This is basically a limited number of vouchers that householders can use to put towards the installation cost of a new reneable heat technology, such as biomass boiler, air or ground source heat, or solar thermal. This is not the start of a tariff paying you per unit of heat generated, like the feed in tariff. The payment of a tariff is expected to commence from October next year. Any installation put in between now and them will qualify to receive the tariff payment, but the tariff levels are yet to be decided.

If you need to upgrade or replace your boiler, you should contact the energy saving trust and apply for a voucher under the reneable heat premium payment scheme.

There is a condition on the basis of your home energy efficiency so you may need to seek independent advice from an energy assessor to ensure that the voucher will be valid. For example if you install a biomass boiler without having put adequate installation in, your renewable heat incentive will be revoked.

Energy friend can not only advise you on your efficiency rating, we can ensure the installation is carried out by a properly qualified company and that you get the best deal.