On the 27th June 2013, The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) released the first set of quarterly statistics for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligations (ECO).
“The Green Deal is an ambitious and uniquely long-term programme designed to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes. It’s only just getting started, but the early signs are encouraging.”
Launched on 28th January 2013, the Green Deal has completed 9,294 assessments across the UK and seen 30,506 energy efficient improvements recommended in Advice Reports. 90% of properties receiving an Assessment had an energy efficiency rating of band D or lower, and only 5% of assessments were carried out in Wales (4%) and Scotland (1%).
The most common measure recommended under the Green Deal was to upgrade the properties existing boiler, whilst other frequently recommended measures included solar pv, wet central heating controls, and floor insulation.
Greg Barker, continues:
“78 per cent of people who have received an Advice Report, following a Green Deal assessment, said they had, were getting or would get energy saving measures installed.”
Compared to the long term targets of the Green Deal, ECO runs until the 31st March 2015 and focuses on providing energy efficient measures to low income and vulnerable consumers living in ‘hard-to-treat properties’.
After an Assessment has been carried out, and dependent upon the range of measures and/or the property, the cost of the ‘Green Deal Plan’ could be part-financed by ECO funding. Possible measures available for ECO funding are Solid Wall Insulation and hard-to-treat Cavity Wall insulation.
Greg Barker concludes:
“81,798 installations have taken place with the support of the new Energy Company Obligation, helping those most in need or with particularly hard to treat properties. But this is just the start. 38,259 Green Deal assessments is also a clear sign that many consumers genuinely want to make their homes more efficient; but we are keen to do more.”
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