Switch of energy supplier 'must be complemented by green incentives'

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Many consumers may believe a switch of energy supplier is the best way to start saving money on their home power bills.

Such an action could have an even greater effect if the government follows the advice of one expert and offers greater green incentives.

Gordon Miller, sustainability and communications director at Sustain Worldwide, says the Green Deal – planned to come into play next year – will only work if households are afforded a reasonable repayment plan.

"In my opinion, pay-as-you-save and similar incentivised schemes are essential in these recessionary times if a significant number of private homeowners are to switch on to making their homes more energy efficient," he states.

Mr Miller goes on to note lower fuel bills is one of the key incentives that will persuade people to sign up to the project.

The Federation of Master Builders recently said a reduced rate of VAT on home energy efficiency improvements would be a wise addition to the next Budget.

Posted by Richard Eden

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