Quaker Centre chosen for Green Deal home improvements

December 13th, 2012

Press Release – The Green Deal Heats Up!

The government has recently launched a new energy-saving scheme called the Green Deal – and to encourage people to take it up they are offering some attractive incentives to fuel a kick start in the New Year!

Go-Early customers can get 90% off new boilers and up to £1,000 cash back on other energy-saving measures if you go through the Green Deal process, all done on a first come, first served basis, and energy-saving measures such solid wall insulation on old properties can now be funded for the first time ever.

Northfield Ecocentre is a local energy advice charity that will be delivering Green Deal Assessments in the New Year and to help people take advantage of these offers they are already taking bookings for assessments in January. There is no up-front cost for the assessment which is used to help households work out what sort of energy saving measures are suitable for their house and likely financial savings.

To book an assessment call 0121 448 0119 or go to www.northfieldecocentre.org and fill out the online form.

The Green Deal is a package of funding, loan systems and industry standards that the government has developed, all aimed at making energy saving in the home easier for everyone. It works on a principle called the Golden Rule which means the savings you make must be more than the cost of the work over the lifetime of the measure. The Green Deal comes with the chance to take out a loan to pay for the work which is attached to the electricity meter of the property rather than to the resident. There is also a variety of funding options available which will help people pay for the more expensive measures such as solid-wall insulation and boilers.

Luke Olly, Ecocentre Assistant Manager can see the benefit of the Green Deal: “Birmingham has lots of old houses that are not easy to make energy efficient. Lots of the programmes over recent years have focused on cavity wall and loft insulation which leaves people with solid walls paying high bills and suffering from cold homes.”

“The Green Deal can help homeowners save money on their bills when money is tight. There are no upfront costs and your home will be warmer.”

Stuart Bowles, Energy Advisor for the project added: “It’s really simple. We come to your home and do an assessment looking at how you heat your home, where heat escapes and how much you pay for your bills. We are able to advise you on how to get the most from your heating system and make small low cost changes that will save you money. If your home is suitable we can then refer you on to local Green Deal Providers who will organize for the appropriate work to happen.”

Northfield Ecocentre is a charity that offers impartial energy advice to residents and businesses across South Birmingham.

For more information on the Green Deal go to https://www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures


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