The Green Deal Scheme is a government initiative that has the aim of making properties across the UK more energy efficient at no upfront cost to home owners. The country is sitting firmly in the back end of a miserable winter, with very little sign of spring yet. Airplanes whirring, birds tweeting and light mornings dawning all seem perfectly outrageous possibilities in the midst of this dark and vulgar February. Green Deal UK, then, really couldn’t come at a better time.
Draughty homes are a pain; they’re uncomfortable, un-cosy and downright un-welcoming. Kids whinge and energy bills soar. The thousands of pounds needed to replace the double glazing and the boiler simply aren’t there. What is one to do?
With fuel poverty (where a household spends more than 10% of its annual income on energy bills) on the rise in Britain, and gas and electricity prices breaching the realms of what is acceptable, the government is hoping to play hero with this innovative new scheme. Various Green Deal home improvements will become available to any house that is suffering from energy inefficiencies. These will cover things such as the installation of new boilers, double glazing and insulation: all measures that can significantly increase the energy efficiency of a property, and, therefore, reduce its bill spending.
This will all be financed through a ‘Green Deal loan’, which will be paid back through the property’s energy bills. A Green Deal charge will be added onto bills, which will never be allowed to exceed the amount of savings being made due to the home improvements.
This scheme has been carefully thought out as a way to tackle both the problem of global warming and the current financial recession. It may be too late to salvage this winter’s home faux pas, but next year can be much warmer and cheaper if you get on board with the Green Deal, not to mention the good it will do your conscience (saving the environment and all that jazz). Go Green, if not for selfish reasons, for selfless reasons – it’s a win-win!
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