The Department of Energy and Climate Change has released the latest Green Deal figures for April, revealing that the Government scheme is picking up pace, having seen more than 9,500 assessments lodged in that month alone.
The number of Green Deal assessments taking place between March and April has increased by 27%. It’s a healthy sign that interest in the scheme is growing. Since it was introduced at the end of January, over the course of three months 18,816 assessments had been carried.
Greg Barker, the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change said: “It’s still early days for this long term initiative, but this is a clear sign of growing interest from consumers, with people keen to improve the efficiency of their homes to make them warmer and help save money on bills”.
The Government funded scheme is set to hit our aging housing stock head on by offering UK households the opportunity to make various energy saving home improvements; for example, upgrade their old energy inefficient boiler, fit loft and cavity wall insulation or install new energy efficient double glazing, without having to pay for the work up front. The loan will be paid back through energy bill savings. You will, however, have to fork out a fee for the initial Green Deal assessment, although if you choose to go ahead and sign up you should get the assessment fee back.
It’s not just domestic households showing interest in the Green Deal. More and more businesses are keen to get in on the action too. According to DECC there were 55 authorised Green Deal Providers signed up to the scheme at the end of April, with some 942 organisations on board to install Green Deal measures and 1,274 assessors.