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Green Deal survey limited free offer

Kevin Snow09th May 2013

Three Rivers and Watford residents are being offered the chance of a free assessment to find out if they could benefit from a new scheme to improve their home and make it more energy efficient.

Householders are being encouraged to apply for one of 200 free Green Deal assessments up for grabs before the end of May.

Insulation is covered by the Green DealThe assessments are available as part of the Government’s new Green Deal scheme, which aims to help householders put a stop to rising bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes without any upfront cost.

The scheme enables householders to get a Green Deal loan to pay for improvement works then repay the cost via the property’s electricity bill, through the energy savings achieved. There are 45 improvement measures available under the scheme, such as insulation, double glazing and new boiler/heating systems as well as renewable technologies like solar panels.

To access funding, an assessment must be carried out by a Green Deal approved advisor and work carried out by an approved installer.

The free assessments are being offered as part of a project to kick-start Green Deal locally through funding secured by a consortium of local authorities including Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council.

To be in with the chance of getting a free assessment, householders simply need to complete a short pre-assessment and book an appointment for an assessment to take place by the end of May

Cllr Sara Bedford, Sustainability Portfolio Holder at Three Rivers District Council, said: "This is a great opportunity for local residents to get free expert advice and find out exactly what energy efficiency improvements would be best for their homes."

Cllr Derek Scudder, Cabinet member with responsibility for Environmental issues Watford Borough Council, said: "Residents will be able to find out if they may be able to get Green Deal funding for their home. We are expecting a lot of interest and I would encourage people to register quickly."

The assessments involve a two-hour visit by an approved Green Deal advisor, who will carry out a full survey of the home and produce a report showing the energy efficiency measures that could be suitable, along with the savings that could be made on your energy bill.

In addition, householders will be given an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) showing the energy rating of their home – which is needed when a property is being sold.

Free assessments will be offered on a first come, first served basis. All free assessments must be completed by May 31.

There is no obligation for householders to carry out improvement works following an assessment. However, the Government is offering cashback up to a maximum of £1,000 per household to those who sign up for Green Deal works early on.

More information about Green Deal, including the cashback scheme, is available online at: www.gov.uk/greendeal or from the Energy Saving Advice Service on  0300 123 1234.

Notes

The free assessments are being made possible through Department of Energy and Climate Change Green Deal Pioneer Places funding awarded to a consortium of local authorities. Some of the consortia authorities are working with a not-for-profit energy advice company and an environmental charity to form a community interest company to be a Green Deal provider in Three Rivers and Watford. This will be launched later in 2013.

There are 45 measures available under the Green Deal scheme. See www.gov.uk/greendeal for more details.