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Green deal quality control plans

The Government has unveiled plans to help ensure homeowners taking advantage of the “green deal” are not ripped off.

Ministers are also publishing the range of possible technology available on the scheme to make homes more energy efficient. This ranges from water efficient taps and showers to under-floor heating and energy efficient glazing.

Under the terms of the green deal, people will be given up to £10,000 to install energy saving measures such as insulation solar panels and efficient boilers in their homes. They will pay this money back gradually with the savings they make on their energy bills.

But Energy Minister Greg Barker has warned that previous schemes introduced by the Government have led to “shoddy workmanship or dodgy technology”.

He is hoping to avoid similar issues with the new initiative by introducing the green deal “code” to protect customers.

A green deal advice line will also be set up to provide impartial information and refer consumers to accredited installers and assessors, and to provide a way for people to register complaints if they do have a problem.

The UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) has been appointed to accredit installers to a new green deal standard which will be implemented through existing trade certification bodies.