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Homeowners to be aided in their sustainable efforts

You may have read a lot in the papers recently about the proposed Green Deal, a government led initiative to help households meet the upfront cost of making homes more energy efficient.

Here’s some of the detail behind the headlines:

– Due to be launched late in 2012, the Green Deal will allow for the installation of energy efficient measures which will be paid for using the saving on the fuel bill.

– It is likely the following technologies will be included:

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning: Condensing boilers; Heating controls; Under-floor heating; Heat recovery systems; Mechanical ventilation (non-domestic); Flue gas recovery devices
  • Building fabric: Cavity wall insulation; Loft insulation; Flat roof insulation; Internal wall insulation; External wall insulation; Draught proofing; Floor insulation; Heating system insulation (cylinder, pipes); Energy efficient glazing and doors
  • Lighting: Lighting fittings; Lighting controls
  • Water heating: Innovative hot water systems; Water efficient taps and showers
  • Microgeneration: Ground and air source heat pumps; Solar thermal; Solar PV; Biomass boilers; Micro-CHP.

– Homeowners will only be eligible for the new incentive if they can meet one ‘golden rule’ – that they will redeem the cost of the installation within 25 years, through the savings they make as a result of reduced bills.

– To assure consumers that they will be fully protected, climate change minister Greg Barker announced plans to set up a Green Deal Code and advice line and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) was appointed to accredit Green Deal installers and assessors.

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