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Green Deal home improvements give homeowners cash-back

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 16:46 GMT Jump to Comments

Changes to the government’s Green Deal scheme mean that homeowners may now be entitled to more cash-back.

The scheme aids households in trying to drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions by carrying out energy efficiency improvements.

Changes to the scheme now mean that there is an increase in the amount of money consumers get back on some Green Deal measures.

These include initiatives such as double-glazing, solid wall insulation, and ‘room in roof’ insulation for those with loft conversions.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Inefficient homes use a lot more energy than they need to, which consumers pay a high price for”.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are extending the scheme and applications for Green Deal cash-back can now be submitted up till the end of June.

Additionally, there are a further three months available for households to install energy efficiency measures and redeem cash-back vouchers, which the DECC hope will give homeowners more time to take advantage of the scheme.

Barker added: “The extension and increase to Green Deal cash-back means more families will be helped to have warmer, more energy efficient homes and lower energy bills by next winter.

“These changes also create more opportunities for the growing number of authorised green deal companies".

Cash-back available on Green Deal measures include up to £4,000 available for solid wall insulation up from £650, and up to £1,000 available for anyone needing ‘room in roof’ insulation - a substantial increase from £220.

Additionally, up to £650 is accessible for households that install double-glazing, up from £320 previously.

The DECC has also raised the cap on cash-back payments from 50 per cent to two-thirds of a household’s contribution towards costs, meaning more people will be eligible for the maximum cash-back level.

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