Green Deal Assessments

What you need to know about the Green DealThe Green Deal has been set up as the Coalition’s flagship policy to reduce carbon emissions. Green Deal Assessments help people to finance the installation of renewable technologies, and other energy saving upgrades.

Would you like to find out whether you can benefit from the Green Deal? If yes, a Green Deal Assessment is the first stop. We offer this service to our customers and we are fully accredited to undertake domestic Green Deal Assessments.

If you want to enter into the Green Deal scheme, it is vital to have an assessment carried out by a fully certified company or organisation. Without this, you won’t be able to claim any loans or grants which you would otherwise qualify for.

We can provide you with a Green Deal Advice Report and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC is used to calculate the amount of Green Deal Finance you can claim.

Beware of unscrupulous firms cold calling and offering Green Deal Assessments. You should always check the credentials of anyone offering this service.

Mere End Consultants is a fully certified MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) Green Deal Installer and Green Deal Assessor. Call us today to arrange a visit.

 

What is the Green Deal?

 

Explaining the Green Deal Scheme and How it Works

The Green Deal scheme is part of the Coalition’s initiative to reduce carbon emissions and encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient. Installing your own energy saving technologies such solid wall insulation, requires an initial upfront investment. This can be expensive. So, the Green Deal has been set up to help people finance the costs.

The scheme lets people borrow money for energy saving measures such as:

  • New boilers
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Double glazing
  • Certain microgeneration systems such as solar PV

green deal assessor with customersThe Green Deal is overseen by the Government appointed Green Deal Registration and Oversight Body. This body is responsible for registering all Green Deal approved advisors, installers and providers.

How does the Green Deal work?

Well, there are four main steps:

 

 

 

Stage 1 – Green Deal Assessment

  • First of all, an accredited Green Deal Assessor carries out an inspection on your property.
  • The Assessor uses standardised software to identify the energy efficiency of your property. It also calculates the kinds of results you can expect from microgeneration technologies, or energy saving upgrades.
  • You will get a Green Deal Advice Report and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which will outline the best options for you. This will also estimate the financial savings you could make and how your repayments are likely to work.
  • The Assessor must also declare whether they have any links to Green Deal Providers.

 

Stage 2 – Finance

After your assessment, you can approach Green Deal Providers. They provide the loans to fund Green Deal Installations. Once the provider has made you an offer, you can decide whether it is right for you. If it is, you can go ahead and sign a Green Deal Plan. This plan is the contract between you and your Green Deal Provider.

 

Stage 3 – Installation

You are now ready to have your microgeneration system or upgrade installed. It is essential that the work is carried out by an accredited Green Deal Installer.

 

Stage 4 – Repayments

Your repayments will be collected in installments through your electricity bill, before being passed on to your Green Deal Provider. The repayments are designed so that you won’t be left out of pocket. The rates are calculated to reflect the amount you would save on your heating bills, thanks to your energy saving improvements. Nevertheless, you could still see immediate savings!

It is important to remember that this is not a conventional personal loan. This loan is attached to your property’s electricity meter and collected through your electricity bill. If you move house, the new owner will take over the repayments, but they will also gain a more energy efficient home.

Although interest is charged on Green Deal repayments, it is at a fixed rate. You will be able to see the full repayment schedule before you commit. Interest rates could vary between Green Deal Providers, so this is something to be aware of. It’s also a good idea to find out whether you can opt for an early pay off, and if the provider charges for this service.

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and future-proof your home against rising energy bills, call Mere End Consultants today.

We can arrange for a Green Deal Assessment to be carried out on your property and advise you on your best course of action. Independent and impartial advice about the Green Deal can be obtained on 0300 123 1234 or at www.gov.uk/greendeal

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