Our Green Deal in Somerset

Free home energy assessments worth up to £175

31 January 2013

Free home energy assessments worth up to £175 are available to householders in Somerset, thanks to an initiative CSE is running on behalf of local authorities in the county, including North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.

It’s part of getting Somerset residents involved in the Green Deal, a national scheme recently launched by the Government which supports householders to improve the energy efficiency of their home. This could be by installing wall insulation, a new boiler or better heating controls, secondary glazing or draught-proofing, and paying the costs back later through the savings on your energy bill.

The first step is for an authorised Green Deal Assessor to visit the home. An assessment like this can cost up to £175, but Our Green Deal in Somerset has more than 800 home energy assessments to give away, thanks to support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. But people need to be quick, the offer ends on 15 April 2013.

The assessment will show which energy efficiency improvements would work best for that particular home, and which improvements could be funded through the Green Deal. The assessment is independent and without obligation so the householder can choose whether to undertake any of the recommended improvements.

  • If you are a householder in Somerset and want to know more, please contact CSE’s Home Energy Team on freephone 0800 082 2234  or by email home.energy@cse.org.uk.

CSE’s James Ryle says, “The Green Deal has a lot to offer, particularly in Somerset which has a lot of ‘hard-to-treat’ and solid walled homes, where residents are being hit by high fuel bills and the insulation measures they need haven’t been covered by previous schemes. This initiative will help to get the Green Deal rolling in Somerset – and help people understand what they can do in their home to make it easier to keep warm.”

The local authorities involved are the district councils of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset, and the unitary authorities of North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset.

A list of approved Green Deal Advice Organisations participating in this scheme can be found here.

An innovative aspect of the project is the involvement with community groups in the county. “The groups will help to explain the Green Deal to people in their area, earning rewards for the groups when they refer people to the scheme," says James.

Details of the community groups taking part will be available shortly on the Our Green Deal in Somerset page.

Private tenants can still take advantage of this offer but need to get their landlord’s permission first.

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