In establishing Green Deal, the government has set the conditions to grow the energy efficiency market in Great Britain. Although still in the early stages, activity so far shows that consumers are being helped to make their homes more efficient.
More than 100,000 Green Deal assessments have been undertaken since January, with latest research showing that most households find them helpful in reducing their energy consumption.
The Green Deal is a 20-year programme to make homes more energy-efficient, while helping families takes control against rising energy costs. Eight million households in Britain could benefit from solid wall insulation, and four million from cavity insulation, mostly harder to treat jobs.
Of the £540 million the government recently announced would be made available over the next three years to boost energy efficiency, £450 million will be aimed at households and private landlords.
The new government figures also show that 81% of households intend to, or have already had, at least one recommended measure installed.
A similar number (78%) said they found the assessment useful and had confidence in recommendations by the assessor, while 76% said they would recommend a green deal assessment to a friend.
When householders were asked how they paid for measures, energy company funding (ECO) was mentioned in 22% of cases, with local authority funding (16%), provider/installer finance (13%) and savings and regular income (11%) being the other most common means of payment.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “This research shows that Green Deal assessments are highly valued by consumers and, crucially, that they are helping people to control their energy costs this winter. This is a powerful endorsement of the Green Deal.”
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