AS FROM July 24th 2014 THE GOVERNMENT HAS CANCELLED THEIR GREEN DEAL CASH BACK SCHEME WHICH REPLACED THE OLD GRANT SYSTEM
THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE RESUMED AFTER APRIL 2015 BUT AT LOWER CASH BACK RATES THAN BEFORE
When they become available again Smarter Homes can access ECO grants & Cash Back for solid wall insulation under the Green Deal Scheme. These were available to owners and tenants of any type of solid wall property and were designed to greatly reduce the upfront costs for the home-owner of having energy saving insulation fitted to the outside walls.
For the home-owner wishing to keep warm with reasonable heating bills there was also Green Deal Finance available but this is also suspended pending a review into how to make it more attractive to home-owners.
Government Green Deal Help
The Chancellor of the Exchequer recognises the importance of cutting energy use and bills and has levied a 5% vat rate on external insulation as opposed to a standard rate of 20% . This 15% subsidy is very welcome and it represents a saving of around £1500 on a 3 bed semi-detached solid wall property.
Energy Company Insulation Grants
These grants are a legal obligation placed on the Big 6 Energy Companies by the government. The new grant scheme is expected to start in the Autumn of 2014 but is not expected to include solid wall insulation.
The grants are open to all home-owners,landlords & tenants for a wide range of energy-saving home improvements and can be accessed only through an accredited Green Deal Advisor following a home energy efficiency assessment visit.
As you would expect Smarter Homes are able to provide this service for you as and when these grants resume.
Local Council Help
Unless you have been living on another planet you will be aware of the current financial difficulties facing our local councils and of the need to cut costs and save expenditure and unfortunately this often means job cuts.
Despite this position the Councils now have responsibility for the carbon footprint of their borough and under the Decent Homes Scheme they do have a pot of money they can use to upgrade and modernise homes in their local area.
In addition a lot of Councils are teaming up with companies like Wethertex to offer the Green Deal Scheme to their residents so it is definitely worth a phone call .
Energy Saving Trust
Hugely under-used and under-valued the Energy Saving Trust should be people’s first port of call for energy saving advice,not just for solid wall insulation grants.
With a national network of Regional Offices this non- profit organisation has access to information and sources of funding that no-one else does. We strongly urge you to tap into this great resource and contact the Trust to see if they can help you save money and energy across a lot of other areas in your home.
*For more information you may wish to see the DECC Code of Practice which governs those companies acting as Green Deal Assessors,Providers or Installers.