Many of you may have heard whispers about the new government initiative called The Green Deal. Scouring the web you will find lots of pages linking to the scheme but very little in depth information. The reason for this is, nobody knows the full facts, included in this group is the government itself. This is a little worrying considering the Green Deal is due to start in October of this year. The basic structure is there but there is still so much ambiguity surrounding how this will actually work out.
The initiative itself should be an enormous boon to householders, landlords and tenants it allows all of the aforementioned groups to have much needed energy efficiency measures installed on their properties without the need for them to pay the huge upfront costs however mystery shrouds how this in practice will play out.
In a nutshell it works thus: Homeowners, privately renting tenants and landlords can take a look at their properties and think things need to be done, so the first is to engage a Green Deal accredited assessor to visit the property to carry out a survey. The assessor has to gain the new qualification to be accredited to the government standard and it is said that the assessor must also be completely independent meaning he should not be tied to any Green Deal Providers (the financiers) otherwise he will become nothing more than a glorified salesman with minimum qualifications working on behalf of one of the large energy companies.
The Assessors job is primarily to assess your property and make recommendations as to where your home could improve its energy rating. The government is committed to make all housing reach at least a C grade on the energy efficiency rating scale. The great thing about this is that it opens up a lot of technologies to occupiers they otherwise couldn’t afford and can go a long way towards eradicating fuel poverty.
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