The Green Deal is a government initiative which, alongside the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), aims to assist 14 million homes in the UK to become more energy efficient by 2020. In order to achieve this, the government has provided finance which enables property owners, house builders and investor landlords to install energy efficiency measures at no-upfront cost. It is not an advance payment, but instead is recovered via each individual property’s energy bills over a number of years.
Simple Energy achieved Green Deal accreditation in 2013 and since then we have assessed and advised over 500,000 Scottish homes. We are regularly audited, both internally and externally, to ensure continued compliance to quality and professional standards. As well as our own Customer Service Charter we are also subject to a high level of scrutiny from Elmhurst, our accreditation company, and must work within the Green Deal Code of Conduct.
Upon visiting any property we will conduct an occupancy assessment and full energy efficiency survey. We will then present an EPC that will identify energy efficiency improvements and a Green Deal Advice Report. This details what measures are best for the property portfolio or housing stock and which will be most cost-effective. It will also confirm the suitability of the properties for a Green Deal grant and details how you might take the next step towards installation.
Typically, Green Deal funding will cover
- Insulation – e.g. solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation
- Double glazing
- Renewable energy generation, i.e. solar panels or heat pumps
The Green Deal will only ever apply to improvements that will give savings that are at least equal to the cost of the installation. To find out if your planned improvements are eligible check the Government Energy Grants Calculator. Improvements that do not fall into this category may still be eligible for ECO funding or other Warm Home Funding Initiatives.