Making sense of the Green Deal in the UK


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Green Deal Guide is devoted to making sense of the UK government's 'Green Deal' policy which is designed to help homes and businesses become more energy efficient.

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Homeowners - we can help you apply for the Green Deal when the application process and help you contact a Green Deal assessor.

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Latest Green Deal News

Treasury Approves £200m for People Who Take Up Green Deal Scheme in First Year

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced the approval of £200m to be used as an incentive for the public to pick up the Green Deal scheme when it is available for homeowners in October 2012. Both the business community and NGO’s welcomed this announcement as another step towards the successful roll out of the Green Deal scheme.

£150 Offered For Families Who Take Up Green Deal

Since Parliament approved the Green Deal scheme in October as a means for property owners to make improvements to homes to enhance energy efficiency without upfront investment, many concerns have been voiced that the people of the UK might be reluctant to participate.

“Green Deal” web searches up 300% as public awareness grows

The number of people searching for information about the UK ‘Green Deal’ has increased by over 300% over the past month as the public awareness of the initiative grows, with more and more people wanting to find out more.

Householders don’t care about CO2 emissions, only financial savings, says Consumer Focus

The latest research report from Consumer Focus which looked into consumer reactions to EPC’s (Energy Performance Certificates) in preparation for Green Deal has concluded that they need to be made much simpler so consumers can understand them.

13th June - Green Deal to cover Renewables

Homeowners and businesses will be able to take advantage of micro-generation technologies to improve the energy efficiency of their properties under the Green Deal. A document from the Department for Energy and Climate Change has confirmed that a range of renewable technologies will be made available to consumers, including solar thermal, solar PV, biomass boilers, ground and air source heat pumps and micro-CHP.

8th June - Green Deal Update

An official body will protect consumers from “cowboy” builders and unscrupulous energy firms who may try to cash in on the flagship energy scheme.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) will provide accreditation to official assessors and installers, regulating a Green Deal standard across the whole of the country.

4th June - More Green Deal Details Revealed

The coalition government has revealed more deails of it’s flagship ‘Green Deal’ scheme which hopes to see many householders taking up new energy efficient measures through a government backed loan.

May 2011 - Green Deal predicted to create 100,000 jobs

A nationwide, forward thinking scheme that will radically transform the energy sector, the Green Deal is predicted to create 100,000 jobs over 5 years, encompassing installation services, manufacturing and supply chain, and a huge scope of opportunities across administrative and customer facing roles.

The government also plans to use the Green Deal to introduce thousands of apprenticeships across the UK, providing young people with the hands on skills and experience they need to support their own future, and the future of an energy efficient Britain.

It will open up significant opportunities for small businesses, retailers and energy providers, who will benefit from access to a dynamic and ever expanding energy market, creating job opportunities in every region of the UK.

Implementing the Green Deal will provide a unique and much needed boost to economic growth, just when the country needs it most.

May 2011 - What we know about Green Deal so far

Heralded as a “revolution” in the UK energy sector, the Green Deal is the flagship government initiative to increase the energy efficiency of British properties in the public and private sector.

First proposed to parliament in December 2010 as the centrepiece of the Coalition Government’s Energy Bill, the Green Deal will allow private energy firms to provide domestic and commercial customers with double glazing, loft and wall insulation and other structural improvements designed to boost the energy efficiency of their buildings and reduce heating bills.

From autumn 2012, participating energy utility companies and accredited retailers such as Tesco, B&Q and Marks & Spencer will provide customers across the UK with quality-assured work to their homes, businesses and community spaces for no upfront cost, and without loans or advance finance.

The full cost of the measures will be recovered through instalments on the energy bill over several years, and because the Green Deal is not a personal loan or an advance payment scheme, there is no obligation to continue paying the instalments if you move house.

Suitability for the scheme will be assessed on a simple calculation, known as the “golden rule” of the Green Deal - the predicted savings from the energy efficiency improvements to your property must equal or exceed the cost of installation.

The Government is yet to announce full details of the application process. However, it is understood that the first stage will require a comprehensive assessment of the energy efficiency of your property, the cost of which will be covered by the repayment instalments on your utility bill.

More details will become available as the launch of the Green Deal in autumn 2012 approaches.


  1. can persons over eighty years old get a free replacement central heating boiler on the green deal scheme

    (Posted on 2013-03-11 14:00:00 by mick)
  2. Greendeal is a DECC scheme to retrofit houses and businesses with insulation, windows and doors, boilers and renewables. Contact us for best green deal Installation services from Professional Green deal installer.

    (Posted on 2013-02-26 07:26:00 by GreenDeal)
  3. is that green deal only applicable in UK?

    (Posted on 2013-02-24 23:25:00 by the green deal)
  4. can private owners claim back after outlay 3yrs ago have put in pv panels & hot water panels &loft insulation then this green deal comes along fat lot of help i got when i was strugling to get a loan to do all this is there a way to backdate claim i expect not

    (Posted on 2013-02-10 11:07:00 by richard)
  5. does it cover new central heating

    (Posted on 2013-02-09 19:42:00 by jane)
  6. I've been told that it is cheaper to fund energy efficient installations though other means, rather than paying using the 'savings' element of energy bills.

    (Posted on 2013-02-09 15:23:00 by deeddee)
  7. This is of no use to people in solid wall houses in rural areas off mains gas - those who really need the help. We have solid fuel central heating and can't put any less coal in the boiler as it will go out. We need solid wall insulation at £10,000+ so to repay this over 25 years our electricity bill would double while our coal costs would stay the same. It's cheaper just to get a bank loan and get the work done by a local builder who would have more of an interest in doing a good job as we "know where he lives"!

    (Posted on 2013-02-08 09:11:00 by Carol Loughlin)
  8. What concerns me is that this looks like a potential PPI fiasco waiting to happen. The consumer is heavily reliant on the 'savings' figure calculated by the assessor - if those savings are not realised then the risk sits with the consumer. Also - I have seen installers/agents suggesting there 'might' ba a survey cost (I suspect this is to reduce the liklihood of consumers exercising their right to choose an alternative provider - i.e. if you do not choose to go with use we will recoup £200 from you to cover the cost of the survey.

    So to me - this looks as though the risks have all been passed on to the potential customer.

    (Posted on 2013-02-02 16:10:00 by Alex)
  9. hi perter
    yes oil boilers are covered

    (Posted on 2013-01-24 14:23:00 by alex Field)
  10. hi perter
    yes oil boilers are covered

    (Posted on 2013-01-24 14:23:00 by alex Field)
  11. private tenants are covered under the green deal all they need a written landlord consent

    (Posted on 2013-01-24 14:21:00 by katy)
  12. yet another scheme that supports home owners and not private rental dwellers. when will these schemes recognise that the majority of people in London rent rather than own, and that insulation improvements made to rented properties would probably achieve the greatest energy savings?
    frustrated again

    (Posted on 2013-01-16 16:44:00 by katy)
  13. Do not listen to them - you do not have to do anything to qualify. Check out the green deal info at link below and the ECO is where a subsidy or free insulation could arise.

    (Posted on 2012-12-16 23:12:00 by Tom Fletcher)
  14. I have been approached by The Insulation Group Ltd offering loft insualtion at £99 as a way of qualifying for the Green Deal (already have cavity wall insulation). Apparently by getting this additional loft insulation I will qualify for up to £10,000 Green Deal grant. Is this correct and who is the Insulation Group?

    (Posted on 2012-11-30 12:20:00 by Bob Fielding)
  15. Does anyone have any idea as to whether domestic oil boilers will be covered by this scheme?

    (Posted on 2012-11-25 21:40:00 by Peter)
  16. With rented properties, who will apply for the green deal?

    (Posted on 2012-11-19 07:16:00 by The Green Deal)
  17. When will the Green Deal support people who live in listed buildings by challenging local authority conservation offices who obstruct the installation of double glazing in traditionally detailed windows.

    (Posted on 2012-10-05 13:57:00 by Bill)
  18. I wonder if there is an eligiblity criteria or can anyone apply for the green deal ?

    (Posted on 2012-10-04 12:23:00 by sylvia skerrow)
  19. i for one am incredibly confident for the Green Deal

    (Posted on 2012-10-03 13:55:00 by Alan)
  20. Simply the ability to have a warmer, more comfortable home with no upfront cost?

    (Posted on 2012-10-03 13:51:00 by Alan)
  21. you mean saving energy over money?

    (Posted on 2012-10-03 13:49:00 by Emily)
  22. What do you anticipate to be the largest driver for Green Deal Reports?

    (Posted on 2012-10-03 13:48:00 by GDC)
  23. Who gets the FIT? Me if I (the house) is paying back the loan?

    (Posted on 2012-09-02 07:38:00 by sandra)
  24. can't register my intrest one the website not a good start

    (Posted on 2012-07-26 16:14:00 by seth)
  25. No Sara. Demand goes down, prices go down

    (Posted on 2012-07-18 14:44:00 by Tom)
  26. Saving money should not be your primary motivation, although I appreciate it's atttraction, but you are naive to think that the government will 'allow' this to happen as as the energy providers'lose' money prices will go up. Your motivation should be saving the resources of the planet and using renewables. The government should also be increasing the minimum standards of new build in line with Scandanavia and Germany, then I would have more belief in their commitment to the 'Green Deal'.

    (Posted on 2012-05-03 12:15:00 by Sara)
  27. There are no guarantees whatsoever that any of these 'improvements' will, in fact, save homeowners any money at all; 'savings' are based on theoretical calculations and not underwritten by either the Government, Supplier or Assessor.

    How, then, do the Government expect anyone to take such a leap of faith during such times of hardship?

    For example, If I run a low-income household and I 'take advantage' of the Green deal and opt to have my walls insulated and a back door replaced and then my C/H bill still increases at a rate in line with energy inflation I will be worse off as a result?

    What mechanisms and assurances are in place to guarantee this cannot happen?

    Without these guarantees, I cannot see any intelligent indvidual take the risk because 'David Cameron said it was a good idea'!

    Do politicians have any idea how much they are mistrusted?

    (Posted on 2012-04-23 13:25:00 by Steve Barker)
  28. Is double glazing included?

    (Posted on 2012-04-05 18:06:00 by Andrew)
  29. What about external insulation systems for BISF houses? Is this still going to be provided under the scheme?

    (Posted on 2012-04-05 01:53:00 by Marc)
  30. What happens if I move house after the work . Does the outstanding amount owed transfer to my new house ?

    (Posted on 2012-03-30 14:44:00 by Phil)
  31. Sorry 4th April

    (Posted on 2012-03-02 18:26:00 by Douglas Fletcher)
  32. I have just qualified to Survey EPCs An Energy Performance Certificate lodged after April 1st 2012 is necessary to qualify for a range of energy saving propucts which can be financed from October 2012 as things stand. The EPC will shown what improvements are available for specific domestic properties.

    (Posted on 2012-03-02 18:22:00 by Douglas Fletcher)
  33. the green deal is taking too long, assement should be available now, at minimal cost.

    (Posted on 2012-03-01 22:37:00 by kevins)
  34. @AT Great point AT, I guess the government's timescales are based on getting it all up and running, not the level of demand!

    (Posted on 2012-02-24 19:57:00 by GDG_Admin)
  35. @greendeal The government needs to make Green Deal as easy to apply for and obtain as possible if it will succeed! They seem convinced they can do it so let's hope it works.

    (Posted on 2012-02-24 19:56:00 by GDG_Admin)
  36. @wayne Thanks Wayne, you might still be able to apply - but you willl have to wait this the plan from the Government is a bit furthur along.

    (Posted on 2012-02-24 19:54:00 by GDG_Admin)
  37. My old man has a saying. Build a sledge during summer. And a carriage during winter. Why does the green deal start in October? If I wanted to insulate my house, it would surely be better to do it earlier in the year. This would ensure it is ready bu Christmas. Well, this is just theoretical for me. I've got external wall insulation - have cut energy bills by half. But you can only install that when the weather is nicer.

    (Posted on 2012-02-20 17:11:00 by AT)
  38. Hi Andy, what do you think will be the main barrier to access? The government seem convinced it's money. What about hassle factor?

    The green deal needs large scale participation if it's ever to get off the ground.

    (Posted on 2012-01-23 15:01:00 by green deal)
  39. I am confused. I have just had cavity wall insulation and loft insulation fitted for free! How is this an step forward?

    (Posted on 2012-01-17 19:31:00 by Penny Flower)
  40. Hi Andy, Helpful site. How can those who live in conservation areas or listed buildings benefit?

    (Posted on 2012-01-15 21:22:00 by Wayne)
  41. how much is being spent on this generouse program please

    (Posted on 2012-01-05 18:28:00 by anthony)
  42. how much is being spent on this generouse program please

    (Posted on 2012-01-05 18:28:00 by anthony)
  43. Having read the proposals, including the need for a consumer credit agreement, how will people who have had financial difficulties (Bankruptcy, IVA etc) be able to benefit

    (Posted on 2012-01-05 10:55:00 by Stefano Fucille)
  44. Your details, along with that of your landlord, if you are a tennant, will be held in a centralised database manged by the major utility companies.

    (Posted on 2011-12-14 16:36:00 by HarveyEdwards)
  45. My name is Andy, I run this site as a hobby, I hope one day when the Green Deal launches it will help connect people with Green Deal providers.

    (Posted on 2011-12-12 18:57:00 by GDG_Admin)
  46. who is behind this green deal guide - who are we leaving our details with?//

    (Posted on 2011-12-12 11:24:00 by hall)

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