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A great deal to be happy about

The Green Deal has reached a major milestone.

We’ve seen a rush of good news in the last month for the Government’s flagship energy efficiency drive - the Green Deal. The total amount of finance approved has exceeded £1.8m since Easter, with the average plan coming in at around £3,500.

But now a key milestone has been reached with £50 million of home improvement measures going through the system, representing a five-fold increase on this time last year. And this also follows the scheme’s best week ever, which saw £2.25 million of energy saving measures for solar PV, solid wall insulation and new boilers.

So what’s changed? Well, sometimes schemes just take a while to gather momentum. What until now has seemed like a slow uptake might have just been due to the fact that these home improvements take time to complete. Many homeowners and their neighbours might have just begun to see the actual rewards.

And it’s possible that a new strategy to market the scheme has driven uptake too. Since the ‘Big Six’ were criticised for a lack of enthusiasm to market the Green Deal to its customers the onus shifted to small and medium-sized businesses, showing a significant improvement.

There is still a long way to go before wholesale energy retrofitting becomes the norm across the UK, but it urgently needs to continue. As the new Government settles in it will be interesting to see what further plans are introduced to encourage energy saving improvements in our homes.

Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous magazines and journals.

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Is this Green Deal financing only or does it include the GDHIF?

Hi Debbie, it includes the GDHIF too.