The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship energy efficiency programme to try and kick-start the uptake of insulation in UK homes. The scheme was announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and aims to support domestic and commercial installations.
The scheme works by having accredited Green Deal certification companies assess the property, analysing the improvements that could be made and the energy saving potential. Depending on the results, the homeowners or businesses can opt for the upgrades, paying no upfront costs.
Instead, a loan is issued for the improvements, paid back with the money saved on energy bills each year. And the Golden Rule of the scheme is that you won’t pay back more than you’re saving.
If you’re interested in the Green Deal, there are three steps involved to upgrading your home’s energy efficiency:
- 1). An assessment is completed on your property, calculating energy saving potential and measures available.
- 2). Customising and agreeing to join the Green Deal, whereby payback amounts are worked out and contracts signed.
- 3). The installation or fitting of energy efficiency improvements by a Green Deal registered company.
And the Green Deal offers much promise to tradesmen and companies in the UK. You could gain Green Deal certification if you work in any of the following trades:
- Renewable technologies
- Energy assessment
Who are Green Deal Installers?
Green Deal installers are specially certified companies who can carry out energy efficiency improvements under the scheme. If you want to receive Green Deal certification, the first step is to ensure you work in one of the following trades:
- Plumbing and heating
- Renewable technologies
- Electrical work
Remember, you can only install Green Deal technologies by becoming Green Deal accredited.
How to become a Green Deal Installer?
Green Deal certification can be gained by companies in the UK. There are two parts to the process of becoming Green Deal accredited.
- 1). Assessment of management system used by the company.
This stage of the accreditation process ensures the company’s processes support the installation of energy efficient measures. There are a number of requirements you will be assessed against.
- 2). On-site assessment of installed energy efficiency improvements.
This part of the assessment is used to demonstrate the company has installed energy efficient upgrades safely and in compliance with Building Regulations. Companies are required to demonstrate one installation for each product they wish to be certified for.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- As many as 26,000,000 homes in the UK could be eligible to receive Green Deal funding.
- Green Deal loans are paid back over a 10-25 year period with the payments taken from energy bill savings.
- Using the Government’s Green Deal you can upgrade your boiler, improve insulation and replace windows for no upfront fee.
- The Green Deal’s Golden Rule states that homeowners won’t pay back more than the savings they make on energy bills with improved efficiency.