Green Deal is a government-backed scheme designed to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by improving the energy efficiency of the existing building stock of domestic and non-domestic buildings in order to meet the carbon targets set by the Climate Change Act. The Green Deal helps you make energy saving improvements to your home and find the best way to pay for them.

The improvements that could save you the most energy depend on your home, but typical examples include:

• insulation, eg solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation
• heating
• draught-proofing
• double glazing
• renewable energy generation, eg solar panels or heat pumps

The Green Deal Process

green deal process

The Golden Rule

The ‘Golden Rule’ ensures that the savings made on your energy bills will always be greater than the cost of the loan repayments for your new energy efficiency products. This basically means that you will be able to benefit from a more energy efficient home without paying any extra money. The cost for the energy efficient measures and installation are incorporated in to your energy bills and will not exceed your current payments. Click here to find out more about The Golden Rule

Three things to know!

1 - Green Deal Providers cannot charge you more for repayments than the amount a typical household is expected to save on energy bills If your energy use is less than the typical household, your expected savings may be less than the repayment amount. Your actual household savings will depend on how much energy you use and the future costs of energy.

2 - You don’t have to choose all, or any, of the recommendations made to you. You can choose what improvements will suit your home and budget best.

3 - You might be able to get extra financial assistance. Many householders in older properties, and those on benefits or low incomes may qualify for extra financial assistance. Ask your Provider or contact the Energy Saving Advice Service (England and Wales) on 0300 123 1234 or Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 to see if you’re eligible.

Independent and impartial advice about the Green Deal can be obtained on 0300 123 1234 or at www.gov.uk/greendeal.