A Brighouse company is celebrating after its recommendations to give the Government’s Green Deal a boost were taken up.
Energy savings and eco-roof specialist Ploughcroft was called in to advise the government on its Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme in October, 2013.
Now its recommendations to increase the amount of cash consumers can claim for Green Deal measures has been taken up in revisions to the cash-back deal.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced reforms to the scheme to increase the attractiveness of a number of energy efficiency improvements.
Under the changes consumers can now claim up to £4,000 for solid wall insulation, up from £650; up to £1,000 for “room in roof” insulation, increased from £220; and up to £650 for double glazing, from £320.
In addition, the department has raised the cash-back contribution cap, allowing households to get cash-back to cover up to two thirds of their contribution to the overall cost.
Ploughcroft managing director Chris Hopkins was invited to Whitehall in October, 2013, where he urged the DECC to boost the amount of money that homeowners could claim for Green Deal measures.
He pushed for room in roof insulation and solid wall insulation to qualify for primary funding, arguing that such measures could save 50 lifetime carbon tonnes per home.
Mr Hopkins, who advises the Government on its Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, is a member of the Government’s Green Construction Board and is a qualified Green Deal Advisor and Assessor.
He said: “We are delighted that the DECC is adding extra support to help get the Green Deal up and running, this is a particularly encouraging for the industry.
“The increase to the amount of cashback available for ‘room in roof’ insulation and solid wall insulation will help make the Green Deal far more attractive for those in harder to treat homes.
“There are approximately 7m homes in the UK with solid walls and more than 2m homes in Yorkshire alone that would benefit from improved thermal efficiency.”
Green Deal is an innovative cash-back scheme which lets people pay for energy-efficiency improvements through savings on their energy bills.
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