October was a relatively successful month for the Green Deal programme and saw uptake reach 1,173 households – up from 954 in September, according to new figures from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Although the number of households signing up has increased, figures are still some way off the 10,000 households the government had expected to join the scheme this year.
The Green Deal scheme enables households to apply for government loans to carry out works in their home aimed at increasing energy efficiency. Measures typically include the installation of solar panels and better insulation. Households are expected to pay back the loans using the money saved thanks to lower energy bills.
More than 100,000 Green Deal assessments carried out
DECC reported more positive news in relation to the number of homes which had Green Deal assessments carried out. 101,851 were undertaken by the end of October, a significant increase from the 85,177 carried out before.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Over 100,000 Green Deal assessments have now taken place, and over 80% of the households assessed said they intend to install at least one energy saving measure.”
He said the news made it “clear that Britain’s homeowners are serious about making their homes warmer and taking control of their energy bills”.
Green Deal is ‘failing to deliver’
Charity Director at Age UK Caroline Abrahams criticized the numbers and said: “The government’s flagship Green Deal is clearly failing to deliver what it set out to achieve.
“With one in five older people saying they would benefit from energy efficiency measures, despite more than two thirds saying they wouldn’t consider taking up the scheme, the government has a big task ahead to insulate Britain against the relentless energy price hikes and cold weather.”
The Labour party has also spoken out against the initiative’s low sign up rate.
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