Today finally sees the launch of the much-debated Green Deal, the Government’s flagship scheme aiming to revolutionise energy efficiency in the UK.
Delivered under the Energy Act 2011, the scheme offers householders cheap loans to spend on energy-saving refurbishments with no upfront cost. In theory, these measures should then be covered by savings on electricity bills.
The innovative feature of a Green Deal loan is that it is attached to the property and not the occupier. For more information, you can check out our Green Deal In Plain English article.
With reference to the launch, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “The Green Deal will help thousands of homes stay warm for less. Those people will benefit from energy saving improvements – and their energy bills will fall.
“The UK green sector is a success story. It is the sixth largest in the world and has a crucial part to play in building a strong economy.
“The Green Deal will support thousands of jobs, not just over the next few years, but in the long-term.”
That said, the scheme remains a controversial issue for many, with doubts persisting over its long-term suitability.
Some commentators have highlighted the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s failure to confirm the rate of interest on loans, while others believe the scheme to be overly-complicated and cumbersome.
Whatever your views, there’s little doubt that making the UK’s aged housing stock more energy efficient is a priority that concerns us all and that’s why we genuinely believe 2013 has to be the year of thermal imaging.
The technology is a must for companies providing Green Deal energy assessments, as it remains by some distance the most reliable surveying method available. By visually revealing where a property is losing heat, a single infrared thermal image allows a property owner to make informed decisions on energy efficiency measures and ensure they are getting the most from the scheme.
Our patented Envision software takes things a stage further by quantifying energy loss and translating it into terms that everyone understands.
Given many property owners remain confused about the benefits available to them with the Green Deal, consider how beneficial it would be to say – “this is costing you X amount and doing you this will save you Y amount.” It could not be simpler.
We have a long track record of helping local authorities and housing associations identify their most troublesome properties so if you want more information then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Meanwhile, if you want some more information about the Green Deal, check out this video on the BBC website.