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How the Green Deal works

The “golden rule” of the Green Deal ensures that the predicted savings from making the energy improvements must equal or exceed the cost of the installation.  An assessment will be carried out on a homeowner’s property, with options of a range of relevant measures presented.

Once all the details are confirmed, the installation will then take place and the customer will pay for the measure through their energy bills.

Energy-saving improvements include:

  • insulation – e.g., loft or cavity wall insulation
  • heating
  • draught-proofing
  • double glazing
  • renewable energy technologies – eg solar panels or wind turbines

Where to start

Look for the Green Deal Approved quality mark.  Only Green Deal Assessors, Providers and Installers can use it. This shows they meet Green Deal standards and are authorised to operate under the Green Deal.  The mark says what they are authorised to do – e.g. to be an Assessor.

Choose a Green Deal Provider to carry out the work. You discuss with them what work you want done and whether the Green Deal is right for you.

If you go ahead with the improvements you must sign your Green Deal Plan – this is a contract between you and the provider stating what work will be done and how much it will cost. The provider will then arrange for a Green Deal installer to do the work.

How to pay for a Green Deal

Once the work is done, you’ll pay off the money in instalments through your electricity bill.  Most Green Deal improvements are expected to reduce your heating bill because you will be using less electricity, gas or oil. Repayments are made through your electricity bill – because everyone has one of those.  Your Green Deal Provider will help calculate the repayments, including interest, that you will need to make. While the repayments should be no more than what a typical bill payer should save, the actual savings will depend on how much energy you use and the future costs of energy. If you move, the new occupier will benefit from the improvements, so they will take on the repayments.

Additional financial assistance

Many householders in older properties, and those on benefits or low incomes may qualify for extra financial assistance. Ask your Green Deal Assessor or contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 to see if you’re eligible.