Greengates Builders Merchants

Only five households sign up to Coalition's flagship energy project

With less than a week to go until the launch of the Coalition’s flagship energy efficiency project, just five households have signed up for the Green Deal.

The new programme enables home owners to take out a loan up to £10,000 to make their house more energy-efficient, which they then pay back gradually through the savings on their fuel bills.

It will be launched to great fanfare on Monday, when households can start going to their local DIY store, council or energy provider to take out a loan.

However, first the household must be assessed to see what insulation or other measures are needed.

Despite months to prepare, 600 trained builders on standby and the involvement of 40 orga­nisa­tions, including household names like B&Q and British Gas, it looks like few people are interested – nevermind queuing up to be the first in line for a loan.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) admitted that so far only five people have registered on a central log to show they have been assessed and are ready to take out a loan.

There is also concern that smaller builders, that many people rely on, are not accredited to carry out the assessments.

 “There has been a poor response to the Green Deal so far. This is largely due to absence of a long-running Government commu­nica­tions campaign. Although the Government has now announced that it will be investing almost £3 million in such a campaign, it’s too little too late in terms of achieving a successful launch.

The UK has some of the draughtiest homes in Europe, leaking money out of the economy and fuelling climate change.

The Coalition hope to update 14 million homes under the Green Deal as part of plans to reduce carbon emissions.

“So what do you know about the Green Deal and are you interested” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.

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