Green Deal Assessment
A Green Deal Assessment is made of two parts an Occupancy Assessment, which assesses how you use energy in your home and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), your home’s energy efficiency on an A to G rating scale.
An Energy Performance Certificate already required when properties are sold or rented out.
EPC = is a basic assessment of the property and its construction, so it does not take account of your actual usage or energy bills.
Occupancy Assessment = About you and will assess your own energy use.
How much is a Green Deal Assessment?
British Gas are currently offering Green deal assessments for £129.00 you can see that here Green Deal
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund that started in early June 2014, you can now be refunded up to £100 for your Green Deal Assessment. This is as long as you install one of the recommended measures on your Green Deal Assessment report.
It is the EPC that is used to decide the amount of Green Deal money you can borrow. This means there is a risk particularly for low energy users that the EPC could overstate how much energy you could save, meaning that your repayments might be higher than your savings. An assessor needs to get a written acknowledgement from you showing that you are aware of this risk.
So why not start the process and see how much you can help the planet and save money doing so.
It is important that you use companies that have signed up for the scheme, so check for the approval badge and the registration number.
Want to find out more?
There is a Green Deal advice line run by the Energy Saving Advice Service the number is 0300 123 1234. This also provides advice on other energy efficiency options.
In Scotland call the Energy Saving Scotland advice centers on 0800 512 012.