This section explains how the Green Deal improvements can benefit your home. Find out how to get a Green Deal assessment of your property to use the scheme.
The scheme is available to any household in England, Scotland or Wales. That is providing your home has an electricity meter fitted (includes prepayment meters).
What if the building is a rented property? In this case, the tenant and the landlord must both agree to have the Green Deal improvements.
The Green Deal assessment must recommend eligibility for any improvement measures. But, there is a range of different measures such as heating, insulation, windows, and products that generate energy.
[PDF Download] Green Deal: Energy Saving Home Improvement Checklist
You must contact a Green Deal assessor or provider to get an assessment of your property to use the Green Deal. In some cases, you may have to pay a fee for the assessment. If so, the assessor must inform you of the amount for the charge - and in advance.
It is the role of the Green Deal assessor to visit your home and discuss your energy use. They will inspect your property and help decide whether you might benefit from the Green Deal improvement scheme.
Following the visit by the Green Deal assessor you should get a document called a Green Deal advice report. The document contains:
A Green Deal advice report is valid for 10 years or until you make any changes or improvements to the property. Typical examples include building an extension or changing the quality of the windows.
Note: The amount you save depends on how much energy you use and the future cost of energy for your property.
Several important things change if you move into a property with a Green Deal. The landlord or the seller must show you a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The certificate explains what improvements got made and how much you must repay.
The responsibility for paying back the money rests with the person who pays the electricity. But, you can change the electricity supplier providing the new supplier participates in the Green Deal scheme.
Green Deal Assessment of Property in the United Kingdom