More Cash Back with New Green Deal
Published on 2 June 2014
A Tayside sustainable energy company is urging local communities to ‘act quickly’ and take advantage of a new Government scheme giving cashback in return for environmental improvements within the home.
Today (Monday 2 June 2014) sees the launch of the new phase of the £15M Green Homes Cashback Scheme, which is offering home owners, private sector landlords, tenants and social tenants up to £7,300 towards making their property more energy efficient.
Sustainable Energy Scotland (SES), based in Dundee’s Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate are authorised Green Deal assessors and installers, and can therefore not only conduct a ‘Green Deal Assessment’ on a property, but implement the measures recommended within the report.
Welcoming the scheme, Callum Milne, Managing Director, SES said, “Summer may officially have arrived but fuel poverty is, for many, a year-round problem. The best way for households to take control of their energy bills is to use less energy. Faulty boilers, draughty windows and insufficient insulation all cause properties to leak hundreds of pounds every year. By installing energy-saving improvements, families across the country can enjoy the benefits of warmer, more energy-efficient homes and lower bills.”
But Mr Milne also expressed a word of caution – “Despite our hopes that this funding is here to stay, anyone interested in applying for the Green Homes Cashback Scheme should act now and ensure that they don’t miss out, especially given the huge uptake of the previous, similar scheme. We’re urging local people to act quickly and grab a slice of the pie before the funds are swallowed up.”
The scheme is managed by the Energy Saving Trust and offers funding for up to £7,300 cashback per property for a wide variety of measures, such as home insulation and boiler upgrades, on condition that they have been recommended within a Green Deal Assessment Report. Specifically, this new funding package can fund up to a maximum value of £6,000 towards the cost of solid wall insulation and up to £1,300 for a range of other recommended energy efficiency measures which fall within three categories:
- Condensing boilers – up to £500 (customers will not be able to claim for boilers and heating controls)
- Insulation – up to £400 (including loft insulation, but not including solid wall insulation)
- Other measures – up to £300 from a specified list, and
- Up to £100 towards the cost of the pre-install Green Deal Advice Report if at least one measure is installed.
Launched in 2012, SES was created to deliver energy efficiency to ordinary people and organisations, with a passion for ending fuel poverty and making Scotland a more energy efficient nation.
Anyone interested in arranging a Green Deal Assessment should contact SES – telephone (01382) 621681 or visit http://www.sescotland.co.uk/.