The Green Deal


Overview


The Green Deal is designed to help householders and businesses increase the energy efficiency of properties across the UK.
You can get help to pay for energy-saving improvements to your home or business.
Energy-saving improvements can reduce your energy bills, heating costs and make your home more energy efficient. They include things like:
  • loft or cavity wall insulation
  • draught proofing
  • double glazing
You could get the improvements:
  • in your home or business without having to pay all the costs up front - through the Green Deal
  • in your home for free (or at a reduced cost) if you qualify
You can make energy-saving improvements to your home or business without having to pay all the costs up front through the Green Deal.
Energy-saving improvements include things like:
  • insulation - e.g. loft or cavity wall insulation
  • boilers
  • draught-proofing
  • double glazing
  • renewable energy technologies - e.g. solar panels or wind turbines

How Green Deal works


The basic steps are:
  • Choose a Green Deal assessor - they’ll write a report on your property telling you what improvements you can make and estimate how much you could save on your energy bills.
  • Choose a Green Deal provider to carry out the work. They must explain what work will be done and how much it will cost - this is known as a ‘Green Deal plan’. How much you can spend is up to the Green Deal provider.
  • If you go ahead with the improvements you must sign your Green Deal Plan - this is a contract between you and the provider. The provider will then arrange for a Green Deal installer to do the work.

Costs


You should check if the assessor’s assessment is free or if there is a fee.
You pay in instalments through your electricity bill. The actual amount will be shown on your Green Deal plan. You may get help with the costs if you’re on benefits, a low income or living in an older property.
Usually your bills won’t go up because you shouldn’t pay back more than the savings you’re making as a result of the improvements. The actual savings depend on your energy use and the future cost of energy.
You can be charged interest on your repayments and there may be penalties if you repay the money early.

More Information


You can find out more about the Green Deal in these guides published by DECC.
If you are a householder or business interested in making energy-saving improvements to your property, begin on the Government's Green Deal web pages.