DECC: Green Deal is encouraging uptake in energy efficiency products

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The Green Deal has encouraged many UK households to take up some form of energy efficiency updates in their home according to new figures from the government.

Conducted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the research shows more than half (56%) of households who had an assessment under the initiative had already elected to install at least one measure to improve energy efficiency.

The survey of more than 500 homes also showed a further six per cent of households were in the process of having work done, and 19% said the planned to have some work in the future.

Designed to cut down the UK's domestic carbon emissions and make homes more energy efficient, the Green Deal allows customers to take out loans, or in some instances receive cashback, on items such as boilers and wall insulation.

Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, said: “Green Deal assessments are proving to be extremely valuable and are leading to householders investing in energy-saving measures. Some people are using Green Deal finance; others are paying in different ways. And of course people should do whatever works best for them.

"The Green Deal is a completely new, ambitious and long-term programme. It's still early days, but the results from this latest research really underline that people want to take action to make their homes warmer and more efficient and to keep their bills down."

In the DECC study, 78% said they felt the Green Deal assessment was useful and 82% said they had confidence in the work recommended to them by an assessor. The research was conducted on households which had a Green Deal assessment between the period of April 1 and June 30 this year.

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