ECO and Green Deal
Information on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal Scheme.
ECO - Energy Company Obligation
The new ECO, Energy Company Obligation is responsible for taking up where both CERT and Warmfront left off. The role of ECO will be to provide measures for low income households and those houses that do not fit into the Green Deal.
ECO will provide energy efficiency measures for hard to treat and hard to reach properties, which are estimated to be over ten million in England. This is relevant to Bassetlaw as the district has both hard to treat with solid wall properties and hard to reach properties due to its many rural and widespread dwellings.
Bassetlaw District Council is aware there are a number of rogue traders getting involved in the Green Deal and ECO initiatives. We do not have any partners, suppliers or contractors selling solar panels or any other goods and services door to door in the District and residents are urged to report any incidences of bogus callers to Nottinghamshire Police on 101.
We are happy to endorse Apex Carbon Solutions, which is the company that provided the Council’s Warmstreets campaign for loft and cavity wall insulation last year. Apex Carbon Solutions are providing energy efficiency measures through the Green Deal and ECO.
You can also check any company’s Green Deal registration number by telephoning the Energy Saving Trust on 0300 123 1234.
Also, if you want to find a registered installer operating in Bassetlaw you can call the above number and they will give you a number of organisations that are registered with the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body (GD ORB).
£70 million for home energy efficiency through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund - Press Release from Dept Energy and Climate Change
The Green Deal is the new Government scheme for improving the energy efficiency of Britain's buildings and is hoped to radically reduce the carbon emissions. The scheme will create a new financing mechanism to allow a range of energy efficiency measures to be installed in homes and businesses at no upfront cost. The cost will be covered by the savings made by the measures and paid back through the properties electricity bills.
The Process for Green Deal...
Firstly a telephone assessment of your property will be made to see if you qualify for a Green Deal package. An Advisor will then visit your property to carry out an assessment in order to estimate how much energy your home uses and which energy saving measures could save you money. These measures can include Insulation (Roof and cavity/solid wall) double glazing windows and doors, boiler upgrades, draught proofing, floor insulation, solar PV, solar thermal and ground source heat pumps.
The Advisor will then produce a Green Deal Advice Report for you to start acting upon.
With your Green Deal Advice Report you can then contact Green Deal Providers to see who can give you the best deal. The Green Deal provider is effectively the company that arrange the finance for your project. The Provider will formulate your Green Deal plan, which is the contract between you and the Provider to have the measures installed and paid for by you through your electricity bills.
The Green Deal provider will also lay out your finance plan and give you the instalment rate you will pay back; this will be a monthly amount and paid back over anything up to a 25 year period.
You do not have to use your current electricity supplier to be your Green deal provider many different companies will offer different incentives to be your Green Deal supplier these may take the form of cash incentives or free goodies.
Once your Green deal provider has been put into place you can instruct a Green Deal accredited installer. You should get in touch with several Green Deal installers to ensure you are getting the best deal. Your Green Deal installer will work from your Green Deal plan and install the agreed energy efficiency measures as laid out in your Green Deal recommendations.
The installers will be paid directly from your Green Deal Provider you do not pay any money up front.
The Green Deal Provider will arrange to update your Energy Performance Certificate to take account of the improvement works taken place and finalise your repayment terms.
The Green Deal Provider will inform your electricity company about your Green Deal Plan so the repayments can start to be collected through your electricity bill. If you currently use a pre payment electricity meter then you will need to speak to your energy supplier to arrange an appropriate payment method.
Further information on the process can be found in our Green Deal Leaflet.
Green Deal for Landlords
The government has produced a Quick Guide to the Green Deal Leaflet specifically for Landlords who are thinking about how green Deal can work for them.
For free independent, expert advice on saving energy in your home contact the Energy Savings Trust...
- Telephone: 0300 123 1234
- Website: Energy Saving Trust
- (calls are charged at the national rate)
- Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm
- Saturday 10am to 2pm