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Government launches Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The launch of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund means householders in England and Wales will be able to claim up to £7,600 cash back when carrying out energy efficiency improvements.

Baxi managing director Paul Hardy comments: “It is fantastic to see the Government is investing so much capital in the drive to a more sustainable Britain. Of course, this will come as a major boost to the heating sector, with heating offering one of the best opportunities for energy savings in the home.”

However, the fund has raised concerns similar to the existing Green Deal scheme, such as the issue of red tape and high costs, which is expected to be a deterrent for some installers.

Hardy adds: “It is unfortunate that the PAS 2030 registration required to become a Green Deal installer is also required for installers looking to get involved in the GDHIF. From our perspective, many installers simply do not have the time or resource for such a rigorous accreditation process, which we believe has already hindered the success of the Green Deal.

He said it is understandable that the Government wants authorised installers to carry out GDHIF work, but he argues that there are other, less costly, less complicated ways for installers’ competence to be demonstrated.

Under the new incentive scheme, which is available from June, domestic property owners could claim:

Up to £1,000 for installing two measures from an approved list, including a condensing gas boiler and flue gas heat recovery device.

Up to £6,000 for installing solid wall insulation.

Up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment (to be eligible, a Green Deal Assessment Report is required, or an Energy Performance Certificate that’s less than 24 months old). The scheme also entitles those who have bought a property in the 12 months, prior to application, to qualify for up to an additional £500 if they carry out energy efficiency improvements.

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