Green Deal will boost demand for ‘green’ upgrades

Demand for ‘green’ upgrades will be boosted by the Government’s Green Deal scheme as more than half of homeowners in the UK are interested in taking energy efficient measures – […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Demand for ‘green’ upgrades will be boosted by the Government’s Green Deal scheme as more than half of homeowners in the UK are interested in taking energy efficient measures – especially double-glazing.

That’s the view of the Energy Saving Trust after a survey of more than 2,000 adults showed 22% of householders have purchased double-glazing in the last 12 months, followed by insulation (21%) and an energy monitor (14%).  A further  52% said they are considering purchasing double-glazing and figures showed those in the North East are more likely to already have double-glazing, with 71% so far, while those in London are least likely at 49%.

The news comes as the Government announced a £125 million cashback scheme as today as part of the Green Deal, where homeowners could get more than £1,000 worth of cashback for installing energy efficient measures.

The Energy Saving Trust is calling on installers to get certified and take advantage of the opportunity. Tom Lock, Certification Manager at the Energy Saving Trust said: “The Green Deal is a great opportunity for installers across all sectors. Getting certified is an essential first step to working under the Green Deal – and the Energy Saving Trust is one organisation making sure that only trusted tradesmen can operate as part of the scheme. With this knowledge and information and our expert help, we can help businesses flourish under the Green Deal.”