You may have heard about the UK’s Green Deal system, or recent lack thereof, but not fully understand what it covers. To quickly summarise, the Green Deal is no longer supported financially by the UK government after being axed a year ago. Before that point, it meant that people all over the UK could claim financial assistance to make energy-efficient improvements to their homes. It applied across the country and included a number of different services, so for example if you needed boiler installation and repairs in Milton Keynes or Bedford which would help your home become greener, you’d have the same entitlement to government help as someone getting double glazing in Birmingham or draught-proofing in Devon.
There were numerous issues with the Green Deal. Sticking with the example of boiler servicing or replacement – one of the most common reasons people applied for help – it seemed like a great idea at first. The costs and risks involved with plumbing and installing a new boiler would often put people off, especially those with lower incomes who needed the support the most. However, the idea of free government money to alleviate these costs soon looked more like a pipe dream when people realised all the funds offered under the Green Deal were actually loans that required repayments. This somewhat went against the point of the scheme to financially incentivise greener technology in UK homes, as people were discouraged by debt more than they were attracted by the idea of efficiency.
The Green Deal Finance Company, which solely exists for the management of existing applicants now, is not accepting new applications. This means if the Green Deal is completely new to you, you won’t be able to benefit from it. However, that isn’t to say that it’s not relevant to your situation. Understanding the logic behind the Green Deal and how companies responded it to it may help you find a better deal on any work you need doing in your property. Better suppliers would tend to offer greener solutions anyway, and should be able to provide you with honest advice and expert help if you’re interested in making your home more energy efficient and sustainable.