The Green Deal is a new home improvement initiative from the government. It’s aimed at helping households throughout Wales and across the rest of the UK to save money on their energy bills by installing insulation and other energy-efficiency measures.
Because these improvements can be expensive, the Green Deal offers loans to cover the cost. Instead of paying back the money like an ordinary loan, the repayments become part of your ordinary energy bill. The cost of repayments is tied to the amount you save on your years’ energy bill. It can never be higher than your total savings, meaning that you won’t have to spend any extra money. When your loan is paid off, you will continue to get the benefit of the energy and money-saving improvement.
There are many improvements which qualify for the Green Deal Finance Scheme. These include insulation for lofts, external walls and cavity walls, heat pumps, draught proofing, replacement boilers and green energy sources such as solar panels.
Green Deal enhancements are provided by private companies. There are many different companies who can install improvements covered by the Green Deal in Wales. Choosing the right one for you can seem confusing at first but it needn’t be.
Your first step is to contact a Green Deal assessor, also known as a Green Deal adviser. The assessor is a trained individual certified by the main Green Deal Certification Body. Their job is to visit your home and give you impartial advice on the kinds of improvement that could help you to save money. Part of the assessor’s duties include making sure that any improvements they recommend are in line with the “Golden Rule”: the improvement can’t cost more than the saving on your yearly energy bill.
Once you have had your property assessed, you’ll receive advice on how to save energy right now, even before you have any work done. You’ll also get two documents. One is an Occupancy Assessment, which classifies your home’s current energy efficiency. The other document is an Energy Performance Certificate, which details the kinds of improvements recommended for your home and how much you could save if they were installed.
With these documents, you can approach Green Deal providers in your area for a quote. You can find providers online, in your telephone directory or through advertisements in local and national news media. You can ask for as many quotes as you would like. It’s a good idea to get quotes from a few different providershttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIQYrmiSNUo&feature=player_embedded that way you can get a better idea of the going rate for a particular improvement.
To find the best Green Deal providers in your part of Wales, look for firms that are properly certified. As well as offering to complete the work at a competitive price, they should also be able to show you testimonials from previous customers.
For more information on the Green Deal in Wales and the UK, visit http://www.savebritainmoney.co.uk/green-deal.html
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