Today, guest blogger, India Johnson, wants to share some information about a new program in the UK that is helping to make homes more energy efficient…
The Green Deal
The ‘environment’ is a mammoth and somewhat daunting term. The thought of single-handedly repairing the damage that has been, and is being done to the fragile world we live in is, simply, preposterous. The need for community effort has never been more pressing than now, with carbon emissions and energy waste praying on the conscience of most of us. Which is why the British government’s new scheme, The Green Deal, brings a refreshing change to the horizon of eco-action.
The Green Deal Scheme has the primary focus of reducing energy waste and, in turn, reducing the damage currently being done to our environment. To do this, the government has developed a scheme that proposes to make UK properties more energy efficient through a series of home-improving measures. These will include things such as the installation of new, efficient boilers, double glazing and insulation. It is remarkable the amount of energy, not to mention money, a house can save from running off a new boiler, as opposed to an old, way-past-its-use-by-date machine.
Homes in Britain are often hard to heat. The weather is, quite frankly, dire (especially this time of year), and many properties are old and draughty. However, what many people aren’t aware of is that fuel poverty is on the rise. Increasing energy costs in Britain are becoming a more-than worrying problem, which is contributing to this rise in fuel poverty. A family is classed as living in fuel poverty if they spend more than 10% of their annual income on energy bills. See where I’m going with this? People simply cannot afford to heat their homes, nor can they afford the upfront cost of the improvements needed to make them more energy efficient and cheaper to heat. It’s a Catch 22 if ever there was one!
Enter: The Green Deal. The scheme aims to relieve some of this stress off homeowners by promising to spruce up their homes at no upfront cost. It’s a win-win situation. The risk to the environment is significantly decreased and people can finally live in warmer, more valuable, happier homes. The Green Deal loan will be paid back through the property-owner’s energy savings. A Green Deal charge is added on to their energy bills, but will never exceed the amount of money they are now saving on energy due to their home-improvements. Get it? It’s a carefully thought out scheme that is truly set to shake up Britain, and hopefully set a good example for the rest of the globe.
Said to be the ‘biggest home improvement scheme since the Second World War’, it really is an exciting time for all eco-minded people.