The Green Deal is a government backed scheme that helps make energy efficiency improvements more accessible and affordable for you and your family.
You should start by finding out just how energy efficient your home is, and the easiest way of doing this is by having a Green Deal assessment. This costs about £100 but is really worthwhile in the long run and is simple to organise. A Green Deal advisor will come round to inspect your property and discuss your energy use. They will give you a report showing you how much you can reduce your energy use by and which improvements you will most benefit from.
If you would like more information on how to make your home more energy efficient call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 for independent advice, or visit www.gov.uk/greendeal.
The Green Deal: Step-by-Step
The first step is to book a Green Deal assessment – getting professional advice and guidance on what improvements you could make to your home to help make it more energy efficient.
Your Green Deal assessment will identify exactly which improvements would help reduce your energy use. It's an impartial report that is tailored to your home, and carried out by an expert. It will explain the options available to you, tell you how much each improvement will cost and how much each should save you.
There are a range of options to help you pay for the improvements, including incentives from Government designed to help you take action. This includes the Green Deal Finance Plan*, which lets you pay for some of the upfront costs of the work over time, and is repaid using the savings you can expect to make. There may also be extra help available for people on low incomes through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
Once you have agreed to a plan, your provider will arrange for the improvements to be made to your home by a Green Deal installer.
Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the benefits of your energy efficient home!
*The Green Deal is not available in Northern Ireland. Terms and conditions apply: find out more at www.gov.uk/greendeal