At the end of January 2013, the Green Deal scheme was launched by the government. This is one of several government schemes that have been designed to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient.
So let’s find out more about the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme now.
How can you make your home more energy efficient with this scheme?
There are lots of improvements that come under the remit of this scheme. For example, double glazing, loft insulation, draught proofing and new boilers are all available through the scheme.
Of course not all the improvements will apply to all homeowners. For example you may already have a brand new boiler or double glazing. However regardless of the energy efficient measures you have already taken in your home, there may be other measures covered by the scheme you haven’t yet put in place.
How do you find out whether the Green Deal could help you?
The process begins by getting your home assessed to see where you could save on energy costs. An approved Green Deal assessor will do this for you, but you may have to pay for the assessment to take place. However it is worth shopping around as some companies are providing these assessments at no cost to you.
The assessor will identify the areas in your home that could be improved through the installation of energy efficient items such as a new boiler or draught proofing measures. The idea is that the best improvement could be paid for through lower energy bills once the improvement has been made. In this sense it shouldn’t actually cost you anything to complete your improvements. This is the idea of the scheme, to create energy efficient houses over time.
How long would you have to pay off any improvements made?
It’s important to understand you can choose to pay for your improvements from your own savings or via a loan if you wish. Alternatively the government has made it possible to make the payments over a period of time via your electricity bill.
This is why it is important to pick home improvements that will save on energy. The idea is you can choose an improvement that is likely to save, perhaps, £20 per month. The cost of the improvement should be less than that amount, so you can enjoy savings from your new installation.
One important fact to remember concerns the details of the loan. If you were to move home in the future, the loan would remain with the property rather than moving with you, so to speak. So you have to think about your plans and consider whether a future homeowner would be happy to continue paying for the improvements. Of course they should be happy to do so if the improvements ensured they saved money.
As you can see it is worthwhile finding out as much as you can about the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme if you want to ensure you make your home as green as possible.
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