Expecting a busy Christmas

Press release on the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund relaunch

9 December 2014

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will be open to new applications from 9am tomorrow (10 December). After the scheme proved popular at its initial launch in June, phone lines are expected to be busy, as residents across the South West take-up funding to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Update, 16 Dec 2014By 11 December (e.g. 24 hours after the fund opened) £24 million worth of funding for solid wall insulation had been allocated, and applications for solid wall insulation were then closed (though up to £6 million is still available for other energy efficient home improvements through GDHIF). According to DECC, "Details of further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next release expected in February 2015", so if you're interested in GDHIF funding for solid wall insulation, stay tuned.

Paul Winney from the Home Energy Team helped to promote the grants in summer.

“We were flat out with preparing our new scheme to help residents in Bristol and Somerset benefit from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. We had developed a number of relationships with installers”.

The relaunch has been long awaited. When the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that the fund was closed to new applications at the end of July there was “anger from installers and householders alike erupting across social media and other news channels”.

Improvements like solid wall insulation, loft and cavity wall insulation and boiler upgrades all feature. The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund gives owner occupiers of a solid-walled property, the opportunity to install internal or external solid-wall insulation with £4,000 cashback.

Mike McClelland manages the referral programme for the Home Energy Team, a free and impartial energy saving advice service. He said:

“Solid-walled homes are particularly poor at retaining heat which means high fuel bills – and we know there are a high number of these properties across the South West.”

“With fuel bills on the rise generally anyway, this is a fantastic opportunity for those people who live in these types of properties. The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will help people to improve their home, cut their fuel bills and make themselves much, much warmer,” he explained.

The Home Energy Team can put residents in touch with Green Deal certified installers, who have access to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, so they can obtain a quote and claim cashback.

Contact the Home Energy Team on 0800 082 2234 or email home.energy@cse.org.uk for more information.

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