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What is the Green Deal?

The Green Deal is a new Government initiative that helps householders and small businesses make energy saving improvements to their properties at no upfront cost.

The Green Deal is a new Government initiative that helps householders and small businesses make energy saving improvements to their properties at no upfront cost. Details are on the DECC and Direct Gov websites.

The Green Deal also represents valuable opportunities for installers to source new jobs, upsell to existing customers and gain new skills.

The main components of the Green Deal will be:

1. An onsite objective assessment.
2. Installation of the energy efficiency improvements.
3. A finance mechanism that recovers costs from the property's electricity bill.

To find out more about how the Green Deal works and the benefits to you as a Householder and Small Business or as the Trade, please click below:

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How the Green Deal Works

How the Green Deal works – from assessment to installation

There are five key stages to the Green Deal. Each stage has a Green Deal expert to give you help and advice:

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1. Assessment

A Green Deal Assessor will come to your home, talk to you about your energy use and whether you could benefit from making energy efficiency improvements to your home.

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2. Recommendations

Your Assessor will recommend improvements that are appropriate for your property and indicate whether the improvements are expected to pay for themselves through reduced energy bills.

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3. Quotes

Green Deal Providers will discuss with you whether the Green Deal Plan is right for you, and give you a quote for the recommended improvements.

The Green Deal Plan is a contract between you and the Provider - it sets out the work that will be done and the repayments, including the fixed interest rate.

Note: You can get as many quotes as you like, and you don't have to choose all of the recommendations made to you.

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4. Installation by a Green Deal Installer

Once you've agreed to a Green Deal Plan, your Provider will arrange for the improvements to be made to your home by a Green Deal Installer.

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5. Benefits

You can now start to enjoy a more energy efficient home. Your Green Deal repayments will automatically be added to the electricity bill for your home.


 

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Green Deal for the Householder and Small Business

What's in it for me? How the Green Deal benefits Householders and Small Businesses

The Green Deal could benefit you in a number of ways:

    - There is no upfront cost, so you can make energy efficiency improvements to your property   without taking out a personal loan.

    - All costs are recovered from your future energy bills, and under the Green Deal's golden rule, you should save more on energy than the cost of repayments!

    - You will have a more energy efficient property that will save you money on heating bills, make your home warn and inviting, and be more environmentally friendly.

    - You might be able to get extra financial assistance if you have an older property or are on benefits or a low income. To find out if you are eligible, ask your Provider or contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

    - You may also be eligible for The Green Deal Cashback Scheme, a first-come, first-served offer (available in England & Wales from 28th January 2013, and separately in Scotland) where householders can claim cash back from the Government on energy saving improvements. To register your interest for further information, contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

To find out more view the DECC's Green Deal Cashback PDF

Getting started – how to get a Green Deal assessment

To give yourself an idea of the whether your property is suitable for the Green Deal Assessment look at www.toriga-energy.com or email wickes@toriga-energy.com or phone 0800 193 5050.

Once you know your property is suitable, you'll need to book a Green Deal Assessment with a qualified Green Deal Assessor, using the contact details above.

When you book an assessment you may be asked if there are any accessibility issues, like access to your loft, and whether you can provide bills showing your recent energy use.

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Look for the Green Deal Approved quality mark.

Only Green Deal Assessors, Providers and Installers can use it. This shows that they meet Green Deal standards and are authorised to operate under the Green Deal. The mark says exactly what they are authorised to do e.g. to be an Assessor.

To find out more read the DECC's Green Deal Assessment – What to Expect PDF or After your Green Deal Assessment PDF

Many different organisations are authorised to carry out Green Deal Assessments including energy companies, DIY stores and local tradespeople. For help finding a Green Deal Assessor, call the Energy Saving Advice Service (England and Wales) on 0300 123 1234 or visit www.Direct.gov.uk/Greendeal. In Scotland, contact your local Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre on 0800 512 012. Keep in mind that some Green Deal Assessors may charge for their service – it's best to check when you make an appointment.

 

 

Green Deal for the Trade

What's in it for me? How the Green Deal benefits the trade

The Green Deal could benefit your business in a number of ways:

  • Source new jobs – The Green Deal will grow the UK market for energy efficiency home improvements, providing business opportunities for trade builders

  • Upsell to existing customers - As a trusted builder, you are invited into people's homes and will have the opportunity to upsell to your customer on opportunities to make their home more energy efficient (many energy efficiency home improvements are best done when there is already work planned, to minimise disruption and help "future proof" the home).

  • Gain new skills - The Green Deal will open up the energy efficiency home improvements market beyond the usual suppliers and open up potential new skills for tradesmen e.g. solid wall insulation. To find out more read the DECC's How Your Business Could Benefit PDF

To find out more read the DECC's How Your Business Could Benefit PDF

How the Green Deal works for the trade

    Green Deal Advisor/Assessor The Green Deal Advisor receives a request and produces a Green Deal Assessment for the Green Deal Customer. This assesses the property for Green Deal Measures which will form part of the Green Deal Plan. The suitability of these measures is discussed with the Green Deal Customer, based on how the property is used. The Green Deal Advisor is also referred to as the Green Deal Assessor.
    Green Deal Provider The Green Deal Customer identifies a Green Deal Provider, who is responsible for drawing up the Green Deal Plan based on the measures identified in the Green Deal Assessment. The Green Deal Provider also monitors the quality of the Green Deal work and draws the Green Deal finance down, which will be attached to the property's electricity bills.
    Green Deal Installer The Green Deal Installer installs the Green Deal Measures into the customer's premises according to the Green Deal Plan. Green Deal Installers must be suitably competent and qualified for the Green Deal Measures being installed. Find out how to become a Green Deal Installer in the next stage

How to become a Green Deal Assessor, Provider or Installer

You must be authorised to act as a Green Deal Assessor, Provider or Installer. This shows you meet Green Deal standards and allows you to use the Green Deal Approved quality mark. Many businesses can become authorised using their existing skills. Some may require top-up training on areas specific to the Green Deal. Training is available by contacting local colleges, trade bodies and sector skills councils.

Read more from DECC about becoming a Green Deal Assessor here
Read more from DECC about becoming a Green Deal Provider here

How do I become a Green Deal Installer?

    You must be certified to install energy efficiency improvements under the Green Deal to the standard PAS2030 for the improvements (measures) you wish to install.

    You must abide by the conditions of the Green Deal Code of Practice.

    You must be on the Green Deal Register. Your certification body will register you for the Green Deal with the Registration and Oversight Body licence you to use the Green Deal Mark.

Read more from DECC about becoming a Green Deal Accredited Installer click here.

To register an initial interest in becoming a Green Deal Accredited Installer with Wickes click here

To find out full details on becoming a Green Deal Accredited Installer with Wickes view this PDF

The latest guidance from the Government department DECC can be found here.

 

 

All about the Green Deal – Further Reading

For further reading on the Green Deal, we recommend the following Quick Guides that you can download as PDFs from the Department of Energy & Climate Change website:

Introduction to the Green Deal

The Green Deal - a new way to pay for home improvements, highlights some ways you could improve your home and how to get a Green Deal.

The Green Deal and Businesses

If your business is involved in supplying and installing energy saving products you can get involved in the Green Deal.

The Green Deal Assessment

The Green Deal starts with an impartial assessment of your property. A Green Deal Assessor will come to your home, talk to you about your energy use and see if you could benefit from making energy efficiency improvements to your home. Don't forget to look out for the Green Deal Approved quality mark. Only approved Assessors can use the mark and operate under the Green Deal.

The Green Deal - Cashback for Energy-Saving Home Improvers

The Green Deal Cashback Scheme is a first-come, first-served offer where householders can claim cash back from Government on energy saving improvements like insulation, front doors, windows and boilers.

Moving into a home with a Green Deal

A home with a Green Deal has had energy-saving improvements, like a boiler or improved insulation, to help make it more energy efficient. If you are moving into a home with a Green Deal the owner or landlord must provide you with relevant information. As the new occupier of the home you'll need to make repayments for the improvements through the electricity bill.

Energy Company Obligation

Some householders in older properties, and those on benefits or low incomes may qualify for extra financial assistance through the Energy Company Obligation. This is a new scheme, funded by energy suppliers, to help reduce Britain's energy consumption. The quick guide on the Energy Company Obligation provides you with more information tells you how you can find out if you may be eligible.

Consumer Protection

Your consumer rights and protection have been considered at every stage of the Green Deal. You can get free and impartial advice about the Green Deal through the Energy Saving Advice Service. Green Deals are also regulated under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

Green Deal for Social Housing Tenants

As a social housing tenant you can take advantage of the Green Deal too, with your landlord's permission.

Green Deal for Residential Landlords

You can also get a Green Deal for residential properties that are rented – but both the landlord and tenant must give permission.

Green Deal for Social Housing Providers

Social housing providers can participate in the Green Deal and help to improve housing stock for their tenants.