Our Green Deal in Somerset
Getting the Green Deal up and running
Project duration: February 2013 to July 2015
Our Green Deal in Somerset is a local authority-backed scheme run by CSE that aims to increase the take-up of Green Deal home-improvement measures such as new heating systems, loft or wall insulation, secondary glazing and draught-proofing.
The scheme has its own website at www.ourgreendeal.net. Over time, it will fill up with case studies, reviews of local building companies, and other functions that will allow users to find accredited and reliable local tradespeople and further advice and information.
The aim is to showcase what people in Somerset have done to improve their homes, and present the energy efficiency refurbishment of houses as 'everyday' and 'doable'.
Free Green Deal assessments
To get the ball rolling, over 800 free home energy assessments were offered to householders in Somerset when the scheme launched in February 2013. These assessments are the first step in the Green Deal process and normally cost around £175.
Most of the free assessements were given 'directly' to people who heard about the scheme following a promotional campaign of mailings and radio adverts. A significant proportion, however, were reserved for distribution by energy-focussed community groups.
"There are important benefits for working with community groups in a scheme such as this, that seeks to present the energy efficiency refurbishment of houses as 'everyday' and 'doable'," said CSE's James Ryle. "Community groups are uniquely placed to explain to householders in their locality how the Green Deal works (which is, let's be honest, not entirely straightforward) and to demonstrate the benefits if someone in the neighbourhood has installed solid-wall insulation or made other home improvements."
The community groups working with us on this project are: localGen, FLoW community energy, working with Low Carbon Gordano, Forum 21 working with Transition Minehead and Alcombe, Axevale Consortium for Energy (ACE), Energy Efficient Widcombe, and Sustainable Frome Energy Group.
The demand for free assessments was such that they had all been claimed by Easter.
More about assessments
A home energy assessment generates a Green Deal Advice Report. This shows which energy efficiency improvements would work best for that particular home, and which improvements could be funded through the Green Deal in such a way that repayments are more than covered by savings on household energy bills.
The assessment is independent and without obligation and the householder doesn’t have to undertake any of the recommended improvements. A list of approved Green Deal Advice Organisations participating in Our Green Deal in Somerset can be found here.
But Our Green Deal in Somerset is about more than just free assessments.
We're also running events across the area for installers, estate agents and local authority staff, explaining the Green Deal and what it means for them.
- For more information about Our Green Deal in Somerset call CSE's Home Energy Team.
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.