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Energy Efficiency Tips: How to save energy in your home

Why do we want to make energy efficiency improvements in our home? To reduce spend on our fuel bills of course.  And if we can do this for free, even better! Here are some simple home energy saving tips to help … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 12th, 2014
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Green Deal and ECO monthly statistics – October 2014

Green Deal Plans October  Number of Green Deal Plans in progress jumps again from September to October, the latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show. September’s Government statistics revealed a 21 per cent rise, with … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 21st, 2014
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Government flagship home energy efficiency scheme: The Green Deal, explained

Finance for the installation of energy efficiency home improvements. Takes you out of fuel poverty.  And puts more money in your pocket each month – the Green Deal energy saving scheme seems too good to be true! Green Deal Central … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 1st, 2014
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Future-proofing with the Green Deal Assessment & the Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR)

Cutting energy bills. Adding value to our properties. Aiding economic recovery. And drastically reducing our carbon footprint. The Green Deal Assessment has a lot to live up to! But, can it take on the housing retrofit challenge and succeed? Green Deal … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 5th, 2014
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Installer guide to the Green Deal home improvement scheme

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) is an opportunity to help all customers pay for energy-saving home improvements. £120m is available under the Green Deal home improvement scheme that is available for all UK households. The funding is not restricted … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 5th, 2014
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Step-by-step guide to the Government’s Green Deal Cashback Scheme

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) is a new Green Deal cashback  incentive from the Government for households making energy-saving home improvements. Launched in June 2014, the GDHIF is the most generous Government housing energy efficiency funding yet. Up … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 29th, 2014
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Green Deal Home Improvement issues £13.6M cash

£13.6m issued from Green Deal Home Improvement (GDHIF) by the end of September 2014 21st October 2014 The oversubscribed fund, which had to be closed early, has received 21,041 active applications, latest Government figures reveal. Of these only 15 per … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 24th, 2014
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Green Deal ‘Golden Rule’ to be made more flexible

As the Green Deal enters its second Summer, and moves through its embryonic stage, there were more changes to the energy efficiency programme being mooted at the Energy and Climate Change select committee (ECCC) on Wednesday, reports Utility Week. Mark … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 18th, 2014
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How moving your Green Deal thermostat could save you money

If your thermostat is not in an optimum position in the house, you could be throwing money away by having your heating on higher than you need it. Ok, so your thermostat does not have to have been installed by … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 5th, 2014
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Green Deal Finance Company News to “delight” customers

Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) are to remove early repayment charges for Green Deal Plan customers, it was announced this month. As part of a streamlining process, the GDFC, who put the finance behind the flagship energy efficiency programme, have … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on May 27th, 2014
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EU Solar Energy Conference 2014

European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam. 22nd – 26th September 2014 “The current geopolitical conditions and developments do renew our focus on the need to speed up the transformation of our energy system to become renewable energy based. After … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on May 6th, 2014
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The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs

Last week Green Deal Central announced the launch of the World first Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), designed to bridge the gap between fossil fuel energy production and clean heat production in UK domestic homes. The domestic, and non-domestic RHI, work together … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on April 22nd, 2014
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Sustainable homes: Green home energy efficiency and power to the people

Change in home energy use and behaviour is vital for low carbon future, Ed Davey tells London School of Economics (LSE) students. Speaking at the LSE ‘Energy Society’ this month, Davey told students it is “people” that can make a … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 24th, 2014
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Green Deal Communities local authority fund: 6 Local Authorities bag £20m Green Deal Community funding

The first successful local authority bids for Green Deal Communities £80 million funding pot were announced this week by Energy Minister Greg Barker. Of the applications, six local authorities have been successful so far in bagging £19.5 million in funding … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 7th, 2014
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Green Deal Energy Saving Trust figures reveal savings

A new energy efficient boiler will save more money than initially thought, the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has revealed. Updated figures from the Government-backed organization the EST reveals that they had underestimated the level of savings that will be made … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 21st, 2014
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87% Green Deal satisfaction rate, Government research reveals

Research figures released mid January this year reveals 87 percent of Green Deal customers are satisfied with the quality of measures installed. The study, by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) also shows that 81 percent of households … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 4th, 2014
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Little or no energy bills for new ECO office buildings in Lincolnshire

Energy customers are being warned to expect future price rises as the UK becomes increasingly reliant on gas imports. And this is why the Government have launched their flagship housing energy efficiency scheme, the Green Deal, with households spending a … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 20th, 2014
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ECO extension will give industry extra certainty, says Government.

The Government energy efficiency scheme, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), targeted at helping people living in fuel poverty, works alongside the Green Deal to help energy bill payers install energy efficiency measures to reduce fuel costs. The scheme was extended … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 8th, 2014
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Green Deal Finance: Government Green Deal “underestimated”

Government “underestimated” attractiveness of Green Deal The Government say they have “underestimated the attractiveness” of the Green Deal, in response to the release of latest figures out this month. 117,000 Green Deal Assessments have been completed so far this year, … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 2nd, 2014
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New Green Deal: Expand into the renewables and energy efficiency market

Happy New Year to all of our Green Deal customers and superb new Green Deal suppliers! And if you are not yet benefitting from the Government’s flagship £1.3 billion a year housing energy efficiency programme, now’s the time to up-skill and … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 2nd, 2014
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Government announces homebuyers and private rental energy efficiency schemes worth £450 million.

Government announces homebuyers and private rental energy efficiency schemes worth £450 million. In a bid to boost energy efficiency in the UK housing sector even further, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has this week announced new homebuyers … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 9th, 2013
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Green Deal Communities funding rockets to £80 million

The UK Government this week announced the decision to increase funds from £20 million to £80 million for local authorities this year through the Green Deal Communities scheme.  The Green Deal Communities scheme was launched in July to help local … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 6th, 2013
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Green Deal Community Programme: “Overwhelming” response

“Overwhelming” response to Green Deal Community Programme, Talking on the infamous Jeremy Paxman for Newsnight on Wednesday, energy minister Greg Barker says Government “overwhelmed by really positive response” for £20m Green Deal Communities scheme, launched in July this year. The … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 3rd, 2013
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Record high for boiler sales at the end of Green Deal first year

The sale of new oil boilers is at the highest levels in over half a decade, as we come to the end of the Green Deal’s first year. The Green Deal is the Government’s pioneering housing energy efficiency retrofit scheme, … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 21st, 2013
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Property guru Sarah Beeny warns of need to be “energy conscious”

Property guru Sarah Beeny warns of need to be “energy conscious in our everyday lives” Lighting is one of the biggest home power guzzlers, say’s lighting retailer LED Hut, following research launched as part of Beeny’s “Savvy Switch” light bulb … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 8th, 2013
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Green Deal or Home Improvement Deal, Martin Lewis defends the scheme

Money Saving Expert (MSE), Martin Lewis, defends the Green Deal this weekend by re-tweeting his latest thoughts on the energy-saving home improvement scheme. “I think it’s a good scheme,” writes Lewis, before explaining his recommendations for improving uptake of the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 21st, 2013
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EON Green Deal and Opower joint venture

Keeping up with the Joneses could help boost Green Deal in E.ON and Opower joint venture New technology from America, which compares neighbours energy use is to be used in the UK and could help boost energy efficiency retrofitting schemes … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 7th, 2013
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DECC Green Deal – Latest ECO uptake stats released

  The latest monthly and quarterly Green Deal stats released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show the continued growth in Green Deal and ECO activity (covering up to the end of August and July respectively). Key points … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 19th, 2013
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Variable rates and non-domestic Green Deal needed to boost energy efficiency in commercial sector

Variable rates and non-domestic Green Deal needed to boost energy efficiency in commercial sector, says industry report A report released this week by the Confederation of British Industry (CIB) calls on the Government to introduce variable business rates for energy … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 2nd, 2013
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Energy efficiency retrofit under Green Deal will “significantly improve the quality of life”

Energy efficiency retrofit under Green Deal Go Early scheme will “significantly improve the quality of life” of dwellers, reports building website, Specification Online. Funded by the Green Deal Go Early scheme from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 30th, 2013
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Green Deal ORB tackles firms misusing the Green Deal mark, annual report shows.

  Annual Green Deal ORB (Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body) report released last week shows 64 firms were disciplined for misusing the Green Deal quality mark over the last year. The Green Deal is the Government’s pioneering energy efficiency … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 31st, 2013
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Latest Green Deal figures show supply chain still growing

“The supply chain is gearing up,” writes David Thomas Deputy Director of Green Deal Demand, on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) blog, following the release of the first full package of statistics on the green deal. The … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 25th, 2013
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Government launches new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

Energy efficiency measures for large firms could see £1.9 billion net benefit for UK, says the Government. Last week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the launch of the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) which will … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 16th, 2013
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ICO makes an example out of rogue Manchester Green Deal firm

The Government energy efficiency scheme has been plagued with rogue companies trying to cash in using the Green Deal name to sell home insulation and energy-saving services since it’s launch in January. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is fighting back, … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 11th, 2013
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Government response to industry Green Deal letter

In a letter received this week responding to industry calls for reform of the Green Deal, Energy Minister Greg Barker announces the launch of new industry group to help boost demand for energy efficiency policy. The Green Deal, and supporting … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 10th, 2013
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New generation of energy efficiency entrepreneurs

DECC has announced £19m of funding for new generation of energy efficiency entrepreneurs, ahead of release of Green Deal figures on Thursday Earlier this month the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the launch of the second phase … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 26th, 2013
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Gaps in green-focused workforce, construction report reveals

There are opportunities to up-skill in the green energy efficiency construction sector, audit by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOD) 2013 skills report reveals. 66 percent of construction professionals who took part in the survey believe training is needed to … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 25th, 2013
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Competition heats up for sale of Green Deal pioneer Enact Energy

There have been 42 expressions of interest from buyers for Green Deal pioneering company Enact Energy, who went into administration this month. “There has been a lot of interest in the business and we have sent out a lot of … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 17th, 2013
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Contractor reports “sharp rise” in demand for domestic energy efficiency work

Following the introduction of the Government’s flagship Green Deal and Energy Saving Obligation (ECO), demand for the specialism of energy efficiency home improvements has escalated, a North West contractor has said. The Green Deal is a pay-as-you-save scheme designed to … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 13th, 2013
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Boost in housing insulation needed under Green Deal says NIA

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is calling for a “major increase” in insulation under the Green Deal to combat rising energy bills. The NIA said that there are around seven million uninsulated solid wall properties in the UK and that … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on May 31st, 2013
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DECC optimistic homeowners will see value in Green Deal.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has hit back over suggestions that homes under the Green Deal will be more difficult to sell. The move comes after a report in the Observer said homeowners might need to pay … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on May 28th, 2013
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Commercial Green Deal assessors: Lack of qualified Green Deal Assessors for commercial properties is a big opportunity

Lack of qualified Commercial Green Deal Assessors for commercial properties is a big opportunity There are only five official non-domestic Green Deal Energy Assessor’s registered in the UK, Green Wise Business reports this month. The number of domestic Green Deal … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on May 7th, 2013
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Green Deal opportunities in urban areas for renewable energy installation

Government figures released this week show that rural communities are currently benefitting proportionally more from renewable energy installation than in many urban areas. Energy efficiency is at the heart of the Government’s Green Deal initiative which helps property owners by … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on April 27th, 2013
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Landlords must understand risks of poor property energy performance ratings

Owners of rented property are being urged to consider the implications of the Government’s Energy Act and its Green Deal to avoid threat to value of property portfolio’s, a commercial estate agent warns. Central to the Government’s energy and climate … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on April 22nd, 2013
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Installing Green Deal solar PV made affordable with Green Deal Finance and up to £860 income to be made

Green Deal is a pay-as-you-save scheme where customers can offset a loan to pay for making energy efficiency improvements such as installing Green Deal solar PV to their property, against savings made in their energy bill. Feed-in Tariff is another … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on April 5th, 2013
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“Money Saving Expert” talks about Green Deal Finance on This Morning

Green Deal is worth considering for people who have inefficient homes, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis says. Including the cash-back incentives for early adopters, it really is worth serious consideration now, advises Lewis explaining the benefits of the Green Deal. … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 27th, 2013
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Green Deal savings: Be alert for Green Deal phone & door step scams, Trading Standards Institute warns

The Green Deal is a Government scheme where property owners can improve the energy efficiency their homes through measures such as replacement boilers and windows, at no up front costs. And is only delivered through government contracted assessors and providers, … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 20th, 2013
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Report highlights flaws & benefits of Green Deal to low income communities

The Green Deal is the Governments flagship energy efficiency home improvement plan designed to improve the energy efficiency of UK’s housing stock, reduce UK carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty by reducing energy bills. “Increased warmth and comfort” are the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 1st, 2013
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Green Deal for small businesses: Call for Green Deal Installers to get PAS 2030 training

“The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is an absolutely massive opportunity for installers of all sizes.” That’s the message from Green Deal Central as it gears up for the launch of the Green Deal. “It’s vital that installers … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 27th, 2013
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ECO scheme: Energy Company Obligation has been declared open

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has been declared open by the Government, just in time for the launch of the Green Deal. The ECO scheme replaces the Warm Front scheme which closed to new applications at the weekend the Department of … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 22nd, 2013
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Green Deal Advisors to provide funded assessments?

A recent MPs blog has made the suggestion that part of the Government’s £125m that has been earmarked to support the launch the Green Deal should be provided to householders to pay for the upfront costs of getting a Green … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 21st, 2013
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Green Deal double glazing: Green Deal set to provide boost for double glazing industry

Demand for certain energy efficiency measures could increase under the Green Deal the Energy Saving Trust has said. A report by the independent, non-profit organisation found that more than half of homeowners are interested in Green Deal double glazing and … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 16th, 2013
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ECO providers: ECO trading platform goes live under Green Deal

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) trading platform as part of the Green Deal went live yesterday. Energy Minister Greg Barker launched the first brokerage auction which will now operate fortnightly. Green Deal ECO is a commitment from the “big six” … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 19th, 2012
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Green Deal Rendering: External wall insulation industry boost as part of Green Deal

    External wall insulation will play a major part in the Green Deal the Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) has said. The Association has said its membership has grown by 33% in 2012 which demonstrates a boost in … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 13th, 2012
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