The Green Deal
The Green Deal loan scheme was set up to enable consumers to benefit from energy efficient improvements to their home with no upfront costs with repayments through energy bills that transferred with the property rather than those who took out the loan.
Despite being was hailed as “transformational” and the “biggest home improvement programme since the second world war” by ministers when it was launched in 2013, in July the government decided to stop funding the Green Deal Finance Company which was set up to lend money to Green Deal providers. The government has admitted it has nothing to replace the programme with.
Contact your provider if you’re in the process of arranging energy efficient improvements to your property through the Green Deal CONTACT YOUR PROVIDER.
Despite uncertainty around the future of the Green Deal there are other schemes and grants available towards the cost of making your home more energy efficient.
Warm Up Bristol is Bristol City Council’s four-year energy efficiency scheme, designed to help make your home "cosier and cheaper to heat".
Warm Up Bristol, managed by Bristol City Council’s Energy Service, is working in partnership with Climate Energy and local SME contractors to deliver energy improvements to 50,000 homes in its four year duration. The scheme is area based; currently focusing on the Easton/Whitehall, Totterdown and Horfield areas. The scheme will move to different areas of the city, and all householders can expect to hear directly from our door-knocking team over the next three years.
Set up to comply with the Green Deal process, the scheme offers householders the opportunity to benefit from most of the energy efficiency measures available through the Green Deal including solid and cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, double glazing, and boiler upgrades. The scheme has a focus on privately owned and rented properties, and potentially has generous funding to help cover the cost of these improvements, in some cases up to £4,000.
Landlords throughout the city and across the wider Bristol region of South Gloucestershire and North Somerset are also able to benefit from grants for energy efficiency improvements to their properties. With the closure of the Landlords Energy Saving Allowance in April 2015, Warm Up Bristol offers landlords the best opportunity to improve their properties and the lives of their tenants with minimal costs to the landlord.
The Warm up Bristol show home in Easton will be open for Bristol Green Doors on Saturday 26th September. A typical Victorian mid-terrace, this property demonstrates a variety of energy saving measures that are available through the Warm Up Bristol scheme. If you can’t make it on the day, don’t worry, the show home, managed by our partners Easton Energy Group, is open three days a week. Details can be found on the Warm Up Bristol website.
House 10 in Redland which has recently had external wall insulation through the scheme is also opening up for Bristol Green Doors September 26-27th.
To find out more about Warm Up Bristol contact 0800 107 4100 or 0117 379 0203 and quote WUBBGD Bristol Green Doors to help us earn a referral fee!
You may be able to get a grant towards the cost of a new boiler, heating system, or insulation, for example through the Energy Company Obligation or the ECO. This is a Government regulation that requires the largest UK energy suppliers to help people make their homes more energy efficient. So the money comes from energy suppliers
The CSE Home Energy Team can give you advice on this and may be able to refer you to a local company that can access the grant for you and do the work.
For this and all energy saving advice in Bristol and Somerset call 0800 082 2234. This number is free to call from most landlines and mobiles. The regular landline number: 0117 934 1957