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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:
There are five key stages to the Green Deal. Each stage has a Green Deal expert to give you help and advice:
The Green Deal could benefit you in a number of ways:
To find out more view the DECC's Green Deal Cashback PDF
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.
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.
The Green Deal could benefit your business in a number of ways:
To find out more read the DECC's How Your Business Could Benefit PDF
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 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.
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:
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.
If your business is involved in supplying and installing energy saving products you can get involved in the Green Deal.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
As a social housing tenant you can take advantage of the Green Deal too, with your landlord's permission.
You can also get a Green Deal for residential properties that are rented – but both the landlord and tenant must give permission.
Social housing providers can participate in the Green Deal and help to improve housing stock for their tenants.