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Green Deal assessments add to UK’s energy efficiency

A new report reveals 81% of those who have had a Green Deal assessment carried out are making their homes more energy efficient

The majority of those who have had an assessment are looking to increase their home’s energy efficiency

Research based on a sample of homes that have had a Green deal assessment carried out has found that 81% are planning to or are in the process of installing at least one energy saving measure.

A closer look at the figures reveals that 56% have implemented at least one energy saving measure, 19% are planning to have one installed and 6% are in the process of investing in one.

Those surveyed also stated that their Green Deal assessment experience was positive, with 78% claiming it was “highly useful.” 61% of respondents said their main motivation to carry out the assessment was to save money.

The research is based on a survey of 500 homes which have had an assessment between 1 April and 30 June 2013.

Low Green Deal uptake

The latest figures come a month after a report revealed that just one Green Deal plan had gone live as of August 2013. £16 million have been spent on promoting the scheme to date.

133 homes were signed up for the Green Deal in July 2013 and 286 are expected to join the scheme after obtaining a quote. The number of assessments carried out as of July 2013 is 58,124.

Critics of the initiative, including Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, have called for more to be done to promote the Green Deal scheme. Huhne has previously stated that the initiative is not living up to its huge potential as the Conservative party has failed to target the right demographics.

Green Deal assessments are driving investments in ‘energy saving measures’

Edward Davey, energy and climate change secretary said: “It’s clear that Green Deal assessments are helping people to make their homes more energy efficient. This is hugely encouraging and exactly what the Green Deal is designed to do.

“Green Deal assessments are proving to be extremely valuable and are leading to householders investing in energy saving measures. Some people are using Green Deal finance; others are paying in different ways. And of course people should do whatever works best for them.

“The Green Deal is a completely new, ambitious and long-term programme. It’s still early days but the results from this latest research really underline that people want to take action to make their homes warmer and more efficient, and to keep their bills down.”

‘Green Deal assessments are enabling people to take action’

Greg Barker, energy and climate change minister added: “It is very encouraging that Green Deal assessments are enabling people to take action to make their homes more energy efficient.

“This new research further demonstrates that most people are finding Green Deal assessments to be helpful. It also underlines the desire to save money on energy bills as a main motivator for having an assessment.

“The Green Deal is a long term programme but the evidence is already showing that people are increasingly acting to improve their homes.”

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