Kingfisher, British Gas and E.ON are just a few of the big firms which have signed up to be the first Green Deal providers in what ministers are calling a “watershed” moment.
Under the Government’s home efficiency scheme, which is meant to begin in October, the owner of B&Q and the two Big Six energy suppliers and 19 other firms will offer people energy efficiency measures.
“Britain’s housing stock is some of the most inefficient in the developed world with £1 in every £4 spent on heating our homes wasted because of poor insulation,” according to Gearoid Lane, Managing Director of British Gas New Markets.
The scheme has “the potential to help millions of customers to improve their homes, cut their fuel bills and their carbon emissions, without needing to find the upfront investment,” says Phil Gilbert, Head of Energy Innovation at E.ON.
Some commentators have suggested the scheme won’t have a big impact because in reality energy efficiency measures will still be too expensive for customers.
But Climate Change Minister Greg Barker believes the fact there’s such a wide range of new providers for the scheme, from community groups, SMEs and big business, suggests a “real commitment” which “only bodes well for the scheme’s future success”.
He said: “The signing of this agreement between government and business pioneers represents a watershed moment in the development of the Green Deal.”
The organisations which are joining the scheme as providers are: Ampere GDP, Anglian Home Improvements, BritishEco, British Gas, CarbonLow Group, Carillion, Empower Community, Enact Energy, E.ON, Gentoo Group, Grafton Group, Insta Group, Keepmoat, Kingfisher, Mark Group, ReEnergise Finance, SIG plc, SSE, Stroma, Toriga Energy, Willmott Dixon Energy Services and Yorkshire Energy Services.