To encourage home energy efficiency improvements the Government has introduced the Green Deal to help householders, landlords and businesses identify and finance suitable energy efficiency measures to enable their homes to be warmer and to help make savings on fuel bills. The following link to the official Government website explains the scheme in more detail www.gov.uk/greendeal
Green Deal providers
There are a number of Green Deal Providers and the cost the energy installations may vary significantly from company to company so as with choosing an assessor, it is advised you shop around. A list of providers is also available on the Government's website. Green Deal Assessors are often associated to certain Providers, although you should be made aware of this up front and if you have an assessment with one company you are not obliged to use the same company for finance and installation.
Find a Green Deal company at the following link:
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is separate but linked with the Green Deal:
ECO is supported by the main large energy suppliers with funding available through several strands, which includes funding a number of energy efficiency measures for those people on certain income related benefits, those people living in a low income community and partial funding for those living in older properties.
Unlike the Green Deal which is a loan, ECO is a grant and can be used in isolation or in conjunction with the Green Deal. To find out if you may be eligible please click on the following Government link https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/helping-households-to-cut-their-energy-bills/supporting-pages/energy-companies-obligation-eco
Frequently asked questions
Struggling to the link pay your energy bills?
Even if you are not interested in or eligible for the above schemes, there are still simple things that you can do to save on your energy bills such as switching the lights of when not in use, turning your heating down by 1 degree Celsius, turning the temperature of radiators down in rooms not being used or using a timer for your central heating controls. In addition, spending a small amount on money on draught proofing your home and insulating your water tank pay for themselves through savings over a very short period of time.
If you are struggling to pay your bills the following organisations may be able to offer support:
Your energy provider
- The National Debt Line (tel: 0808 808 4000) or visit www.nationaldebtline.co.uk
- The Home Heat Helpline (tel: 0800 33 66 99) or visit www.homeheathelpline.org.uk
- The Department for Work & Pensions www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions
- Step Change (formerly the Consumer Credit Counselling Service) (tel: 0800 138 1111) or visit www.stepchange.org
- The Citizens Advice Bureau (tel: 01283 527985) or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Other useful Contacts
- Energy Saving Advice Service 0300 123 1234
- The Energy Saving Trust www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
- The Department of Energy and Climate Change https://www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures