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Green Deal soft launch begins this week

4 October 2012 No Comment

The government’s flagship energy efficiency programme, the Green Deal, has officially been launched this week, greenwisebusiness.co.uk reports.

Described as the biggest national improvement programme since the Second World War, the deal hopes to offer insulation to UK homes and businesses, as well as drive green growth and jobs.

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Turning properties into sustainable buildings

This week, householders and businesses will be able to register to have their properties visited by an assessor, who can calculate how best the property can be improved, according to guardian.co.uk.

Under the deal, consumers will be able to turn their properties into sustainable buildings through investment in loft and cavity wall insulation, lagging and other energy efficiency measures at no up-front cost. However, worries continue to seep in regarding the level of take-up of the scheme.

Low level of uptake in the Green Deal

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Richard Lloyd, Which?”s executive director, hopes that consumers will know their rights and seek advice with regards to their home energy assessments.

He commented on the launch:

“We know that energy prices are one of consumers’ top financial concerns so we support helping people save money and making their home more energy efficient. However, the Government must live up to its promise to protect the consumers from mis-selling and dodgy sales techniques.”

“We will be watching closely to see if people get ripped off. Any poor practice must be stamped out as quickly as possible,” he added.

Author: Ashley Curtis    Date Written: 03 October 2012

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