Free home energy assessment offer

Councillor Neil Foster (left) and Warm up North's Jon Kershaw

Councillor Neil Foster (left) and Warm up North's Jon Kershaw

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HOUSEHOLDERS in County Durham have the chance to get a free energy efficiency survey.

The UK’s largest energy efficiency initiative is offering 50 assessments for the Government-backed Green Deal scheme on a first-come-first-served basis.

The surveys, which usually cost £99 will show householders how they could make their homes more energy efficient.

Following an assessment, residents can choose whether or not they implement the advice and install things such as cavity wall or loft insulation or have a new gas boiler.

Jon Kershaw, head of operations at energy efficiency organisation Warm Up North, said: “The key benefit of Green Deal is that you not only get energy efficiency advice tailored specifically to your home and lifestyle, but you could also use Green Deal Finance to pay for the improvements without paying any upfront cost.

"You may even get some additional cash back through the government’s Green Deal Cash Back offer.”

For more information call freephone 0800 294 8073 or visit www.warmupnorth.com.

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7:22pm Fri 14 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

Whitewash and bluster at our expense?
Whitewash and bluster at our expense? oliviaden6
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11:02am Sat 15 Feb 14

bishop1 says...

no such thing as a free lunch , you will end up paying for it one way or another .
no such thing as a free lunch , you will end up paying for it one way or another . bishop1
  • Score: 4

8:32am Mon 17 Feb 14

Ally F says...

The Green Deal has mobilised a small army of assessors, agencies, quangos, lawyers, and public sector employees in local Government. As a tax payer funded job creation exercise it has been staggeringly successful. As an energy savings initiative it has been a dismal flop since its launch. There has been hardly any take up by private home owners due to the scheme being horrifically complicated and very poor value for money.

A homeowner pays up to £99 for an assessor who may have had a little as 3 days training/experience in Building Services. They use an overly simplistic computer model for your home to illustrate potential energy savings. You pay for the energy efficiency upgrades with no guarantee they will actually save you money - it's entirely at your risk. Green Deal finance is 7% APR, 14x the basic rate. Who is their right mind is going to take that up?

Upgrades such as cavity wall, enhanced loft insulation, double glazing, pipe lagging, etc. will save energy. You don't need to pay £99 for a Green Deal assessment to tell you that. 'A' rated condensing gas boilers will save money IF they are properly sized and the system properly commissioned - the return water temperature must be accurately set to make the condensing part of the boiler work efficiently - many replacement boilers are never properly commissioned so don't realise their potential savings.
The Green Deal has mobilised a small army of assessors, agencies, quangos, lawyers, and public sector employees in local Government. As a tax payer funded job creation exercise it has been staggeringly successful. As an energy savings initiative it has been a dismal flop since its launch. There has been hardly any take up by private home owners due to the scheme being horrifically complicated and very poor value for money. A homeowner pays up to £99 for an assessor who may have had a little as 3 days training/experience in Building Services. They use an overly simplistic computer model for your home to illustrate potential energy savings. You pay for the energy efficiency upgrades with no guarantee they will actually save you money - it's entirely at your risk. Green Deal finance is 7% APR, 14x the basic rate. Who is their right mind is going to take that up? Upgrades such as cavity wall, enhanced loft insulation, double glazing, pipe lagging, etc. will save energy. You don't need to pay £99 for a Green Deal assessment to tell you that. 'A' rated condensing gas boilers will save money IF they are properly sized and the system properly commissioned - the return water temperature must be accurately set to make the condensing part of the boiler work efficiently - many replacement boilers are never properly commissioned so don't realise their potential savings. Ally F
  • Score: 1

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