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Green Deal falls short with only 1% conversion rate

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Energy-efficiency-ratings-006During September 13,967 households were assessed for their energy efficiency under the government’s scheme, a total of 85,177 since it’s launch.

Out of the 505 that signed Green Deal plans, only 57 had measures installed by the end of the month.

The packages allow the customers to repay the cost by savings on their energy bills, however some have chosen to finance the measures themselves  with 6,512 claiming cashback vouchers worth a total of £1.8 million.

Almost all the cashback vouchers have been for boiler replacements not insulation according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Jonathan Reynolds, shadow minister for energy and climate change said: “Ministers should be appalled that only 1% of people who have had an assessment have signed up to a Green Deal package.  This is a feeble response to the scale of the problem – the Government themselves claimed the Green Deal would retrofit 14 million homes, but today we have found out that only 505 people have signed up for any sort of plan.”

He added that “Labour is committed to replacing Green Deal with a more attractive scheme that would encourage people to have work done on efficiency of the whole house, not just the boiler”.

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