Looking to get an energy efficiency assessment completed under the Green Deal? uSwitch explains where to start and what to look for in an assessor
Let's start with the basics: What is a Green Deal assessor?
A Green Deal assessor, also known as a Green Deal advisor, is the person who will carry out your Green Deal assessment.
A Green Deal assessment is required before you can take out a loan under the Green Deal. It involves an assessor coming to your home or business and using their expertise to determine which energy savings measures could be carried out and calculate projected savings of having that work done.
Green Deal assessors can work as sole traders if they are certified by the Green Deal Certification Body and carry the Green Deal Quality Mark, or as part of an Green Deal organisation.
They are supposed to be impartial, and ensure that any work that is recommended follows the 'Golden Rule' - that any work that is carried will save you more on your energy bills that it costs.
How much do Green Deal assessors charge?
Assessors can cost around £120, but many assessors also provide the upgrades and work themselves, or through a third-party, and will offer you a discount or free assessment if you agree to have the work done through them.
As assessments costs vary, be sure to find out the charge before the assessment takes place.
Similarly you may be able to get a discount or rebate on your Green Deal assessment through your local council. Always shop around and do your research to find the best deal.
What will my Green Deal assessor do?
Your Green Deal advisor is qualified to make recommendations of what measures would be most suitable for your home.
During their visit, the Green Deal assessor will complete a non-invasive, visual survey of your home.
He or she will also ask you a lot of questions about how your home is heated, how well it retains heat, how hot water is produced and assess the lighting of the property.
Using this information, the Green Deal assessor will generate an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and a Green Deal Advice Report.
The EPC will outline potential energy efficiency upgrades and make recommendations (Green Deal Measurements).
What will be on the Green Deal advice report?
Your assessor will combine the information from the EPC and Occupancy Assessment (lifestyle and usage) to produce a Green Deal Advice Report.
This report is unique to your household, and will outline with recommendations are eligible under the Green Deal and projected savings.
What will the Green Deal advisor recommend?
There is a long list of what is included on the Green Deal, but your assessor is likely to recommend one of the following depending on your energy use and how inefficient your home is:
Heating your home
- Condensing boilers
- Heating controls
- Under-floor heating
- Heat recovery systems
- Mechanical ventilation (non-domestic)
- Flue gas recovery devices
- Ground and air source heat pumps
Insulating your home
- Cavity wall insulation
- Loft insulation
- Flat roof insulation
- Internal wall insulation
- External wall insulation
- Draught proofing
- Floor insulation
- Heating system insulation (cylinder, pipes)
- Energy efficient glazing and doors
Lighting your home
- Lighting fittings
- Lighting controls
Heating your water
- Innovative hot water systems
- Water efficient taps
- Water efficient showers
- Ground and air source heat pumps
- Solar thermal
- Solar PV
- Biomass boilers
Where can I find a Green Deal Advisor? Do I need one?
You can find a Green Deal Advisor by visiting the government website, which you can find at here. Remember to always check for the Green Deal Quality Mark.
You will not be able to apply for any financing without a qualified Green Deal Assessor and the subsequent assessment.
Do I have to use the Green Deal loan to make improvements recommended in my report?
No, not at all. The Green Deal offers you an alternative way to pay for your energy-saving upgrades, but that doesn't mean you can't just buy solar panels or have insulation installed yourself. In some cases it may even work out cheaper.