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50+ Great Ways to Save Energy & Money 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 April 3rd, 2015
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GDHIF scheme: Guide to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

This guide is updated with the latest information and news on Green Deal funding, in particular the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) scheme. Green Deal cashback still available 26 MARCH 2014 GDHIF Vouchers for the ‘Two Measures Offer’ under the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 26th, 2015
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Government home energy saving 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 Governments Green Deal energy saving scheme seems too good to be true! Green … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 2nd, 2015
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The Green Deal Advice Report: A homeowners guide to the GDAR

Future-proofing with the Green Deal Assessment Cutting energy bills. Adding value to our properties. Aiding economic recovery. And drastically reducing our carbon footprint. The Green Deal Assessment & the Green Deal Advice Report has a lot to live up to! But, can … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 5th, 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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GDHIF Installers Guide: How to become a Green Deal Installer

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 Scheme 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 ‘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 (GDFC) News

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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Solar panel insulation & solar energy efficiency news

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 … Continue reading

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

The domestic, and non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), work together with the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to help the Government achieve the UK’s energy security and carbon reduction objectives. All are easily and simply facilitated by Green … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on April 22nd, 2014
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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. About Feed-in Tariffs The Feed-in … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on April 5th, 2014
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Green Deal Funding: 6 Local Authorities bag £20m Green Deal Community funding

The first successful local authority bids for Green Deal Communities £80 million Green Deal Funding pot was 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 … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 7th, 2014
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Energy Saving Trust: Green Deal 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 Energy Saving Trust reveals that they had underestimated the level of Green Deal savings … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 21st, 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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Green Deal Communities Programme: “Overwhelming” response

“Overwhelming” response to the Green Deal Communities 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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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 DECC eco statistics released

The latest monthly and quarterly Green Deal & DECC eco statistics 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 … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 19th, 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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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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Green Deal Manchester: ICO makes an example out of rogue 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. Rogue Manchester Green Deal firm The Information Commissioner’s … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 11th, 2013
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Enact Energy: Competition heats up for sale of Green Deal pioneer

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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NIA: Boost in housing insulation needed under Green Deal says National Insulation Association

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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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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“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

The Green Deal is a Government Green Deal cash back 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 … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 20th, 2013
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Green Deal for business: 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 for business. “It’s vital … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 27th, 2013
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Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme replaces the Warm Front scheme

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has been declared open by the Government, just in time for the launch of the Green Deal. Warm Front scheme closed to new applications The ECO scheme replaces the Warm Front scheme which closed to new … 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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Double glazing: Green Deal set to provide boost

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 provider news: 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 eco brokerage auction which will now operate fortnightly. Green Deal ECO is a commitment from the “big … Continue reading

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

Green Deal external wall insulation will play a major part in the GDHIF 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 the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 13th, 2012
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