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.

How we can help

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

Service providers - we can provide you with customers who are interested in taking advantage of Green Deal

What can Green Deal get me?

Collectively, homes and businesses across the UK waste approximately £3 billion of energy every year.

The measures introduced by the Green Deal are intended to tackle this frightening statistic head-on, with high quality, government accredited energy efficiency installations designed to ensure British families and businesses pay no more than necessary to keep warm.

The Green Deal proposals will benefit millions of homeowners and tenants across the UK, providing significant long term savings and warmer, more energy efficient homes under a repayment plan everyone can afford.

Customers who are eligible for services to their property under the Green Deal plan are guaranteed quality-assured work from accredited, trusted providers for no upfront charge, and they will have a unique opportunity to pay for this work directly from the savings they make from their utility bill.


As much as a third of a home’s heat is lost through its walls.

Wall insulation can significantly improve the warmth of your home, producing annual savings of around £115. Cavity wall insulation is suitable for most houses built after 1930 and can be carried out quickly and efficiently, usually from outside your property.

Houses built before 1930 often have solid walls, which are even less energy efficient than cavity walls. Solid wall insulation can be carried out either on the outside or inside of your property and will allow you to enjoy significant savings of up to £400 a year.

Up to a quarter of a home’s heat escapes through the roof space.

Loft insulation considerably reduces the amount of energy needed to heat your property, keeping it warmer for longer and saving you around £45 a year on your heating bills.

Over the years, the parts of the building regulations which relate to energy efficiency have been revised several times to keep pace with the ever increasing need to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.

All new buildings -residential or commercial-have to meet a minimum, legally required standard of insulation to obtain planning permission.

The Green Deal will provide a unique opportunity for homeowners, tenants and businesses to update their properties and bring them in line with the much more stringent modern standards, giving everyone the opportunity to make long-term savings.

Although the early stages of the Green Deal will focus on the insulation measures for homes and businesses, it is thought the scheme has the potential to be extended to other energy saving installations and renewable technologies.

Modern, Band A boilers are 20% more efficient than the outdated Band G boilers many of us have in our homes.

As well as having an efficiency rating of 90%, modern boilers allow for far closer control of the heat of your property, regulating the temperature to prevent overheating.

Thermostatic radiator valves allow you to pick and choose the areas of your home you wish to heat, boosting the green credentials of your home and saving you cash in the long term.

Ground source heat pumps provide renewable, clean energy by converting dormant heat in the ground to a high temperature to heat whole buildings efficiently.

This innovative renewable technology is estimated to be nearly 40% cheaper than gas heating and 56% cheaper than oil heating.

And because ground source heat pumps utilise renewable energy, they’re far greener than other energy sources, saving approximately 500kg of carbon emissions every year per household.

Solar power panels convert daylight into energy to power your electrical appliances, while solar thermal collectors can be used to heat your water.

Suitable for use in any environment, solar technologies provide renewable, efficient heat with zero carbon emissions.

Once installed, solar panels will last up to 20 years and if your household generates more energy than it uses, it is possible to sell on your excess energy to energy supplier firms.

Wall Insulation

Loft Insulation

Renewable Technologies

Boiler Upgrades

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Solar Panels


  1. Andrew - some companies charge for this and some provide it for free - it really depends on which company is doing the assessment.

    (Posted on 2013-05-15 08:03:00 by GDG_Admin)
  2. I have been told there is a cost for the Green Deal assesssment of £150, is this correct.

    (Posted on 2013-04-24 18:54:00 by andrew)
  3. That doesnt sound right to me Margaret - which company are you using?

    (Posted on 2013-04-22 18:36:00 by GDG_Admin)
  4. Just had phone call re green deal, asking for £299 up front if we dcide to have work done, is tbhis right

    (Posted on 2013-04-22 13:54:00 by margaret)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. is that green deal only applicable in UK?

    (Posted on 2013-02-24 23:25:00 by the green deal)
  8. 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)
  9. does it cover new central heating

    (Posted on 2013-02-09 19:42:00 by jane)
  10. 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)
  11. 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)
  12. 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)
  13. hi perter
    yes oil boilers are covered

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

    (Posted on 2013-01-24 14:23:00 by alex Field)
  15. 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)
  16. 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)
  17. 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)
  18. 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)
  19. 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)
  20. With rented properties, who will apply for the green deal?

    (Posted on 2012-11-19 07:16:00 by The Green Deal)
  21. 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)
  22. 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)
  23. i for one am incredibly confident for the Green Deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (Posted on 2012-07-18 14:44:00 by Tom)
  30. 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)
  31. 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)
  32. Is double glazing included?

    (Posted on 2012-04-05 18:06:00 by Andrew)
  33. 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)
  34. 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)
  35. Sorry 4th April

    (Posted on 2012-03-02 18:26:00 by Douglas Fletcher)
  36. 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)
  37. 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)
  38. @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)
  39. @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)
  40. @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)
  41. 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)
  42. 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)
  43. 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)
  44. 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)
  45. how much is being spent on this generouse program please

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

    (Posted on 2012-01-05 18:28:00 by anthony)
  47. 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)
  48. 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)
  49. 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)
  50. 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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