Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is:
You must order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent.
In Scotland, you must display the EPCsomewhere in the property, eg in the meter cupboard or next to the boiler.
An EPC contains:
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.
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GDHIF ANNOUNCES £70 MILLION IN ITS THIRD RELEASE OF FUNDING
Today DECC announced up to £70 million of new funding in the next release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) creating a pipeline of work for the industry to carry out over the key Spring to Autumn period when the majority of energy efficiency installations are undertaken.
Up to £5,600 will be available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation.
The GDHIF third release, offers a new incentive rate of up to £1250 for installing any two measures from an approved list of 11 energy saving measures, detailed below. The 25% increase in rate makes it even more appealing for thousands more householders throughout England and Wales to undertake multiple measure improvements and enjoy a warmer home for less.
With the GDHIF Third Release, domestic energy customers will be able to receive:
The GDHIF Third Release will be open to new applications from midday on Monday 16 March 2015.
GDHIF SECOND RELEASE IS STILL OPEN FOR 2 MEASURES OFFER
GDHIF Second Release applications for solid wall insulation closed on the 12th December 2014, however approximately £5.5 million is still available up until GDHIF Third Release opens on 16th March 2015.
Once GDHIF third release funding is exhausted we will resume allocation of the balance of funding for two measures from the second release, allowing owners and occupiers to apply for;
GDHIF funds are limited and DECC may vary the terms of the scheme (including the incentive rates) or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.We’ll monitor take up of the scheme and will make changes if required.
More people will enjoy a warmer home for less through a new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) worth up to £70 million.
GDHIF – ANY TWO MEASURE OFFER
GDHIF any Two Measure offer includes eleven energy saving improvements;
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Green Deal and ECO
The Green Deal is a government backed initiative that can help you understand the energy-saving improvements you can make to your home. It can also help you find companies to carry out the work, and give you access to a number of options for paying for the improvements, including Green Deal finance.
The first step in getting improvements through the Green Deal will usually be to get a Green Deal Assessment.
Green Deal Assessment
You will need an authorised Green Deal Assessor company to carry out your assessment. They will send an advisor to visit your home and produce a Green Deal Advice Report listing the improvements that are possible, and which of these are likely to be cost-effective. You will usually have to pay for this.
Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund can give you cashback if you install certain eligible insulation and heating improvements in your home such as wall insulation and replacement gas boilers. Find out about support currently available and how to apply. Make sure you apply before carrying out any work or you won’t be able to claim.
Green Deal finance
A private company, known as a Green Deal Provider, provides a loan to pay for some or all of the cost of installing energy improvements in your home, as well as arranging the installation itself. You then repay the loan, which will include interest, through a charge added to your electricity bill. The amount you can borrow is limited by what a typical energy user might save on their energy bills from installing the improvements – so a Green Deal loan may not cover the full cost of the installation.
Households carrying out energy efficiency improvements on their home can now get more money back to offset the cost of having the work done.
From June, people in England and Wales will be able to get up to £7600 back through a new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund so they can take control of their bills and have warmer, greener homes.
The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation and new heating systems by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements.
It opens up the market for smaller businesses in the energy efficiency sector, competing in new and innovative ways and providing further opportunities for jobs and growth.
Green Deal Installers and Providers should register with the scheme now.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:
“The best way for households to take control of their energy bills is to use less energy.
“Faulty boilers, draughty windows and insufficient insulation all cause properties to leak hundreds of pounds every year. But advice and support through the Green Deal can help put a stop to this.
“By installing energy saving improvements, families across the country can enjoy the benefits of warmer, more energy efficient homes and lower bills.”
The average annual bill saving from installing major measures such as solid wall insulation in a three-bed semi-detached house is £270, while savings from other measures such as upgrading a boiler can knock around £100 off a customer’s bill.
Under the new incentive scheme, which is available from June, domestic energy customers can get:
up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list; and/or
up to £6000 for installing solid wall insulation; and
up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment.
The scheme also entitles those who have bought a property in the 12 months prior to application to qualify for up to an additional £500 if they carry out energy efficiency improvements.
In December the government announced a £540 million three year energy efficiency package to make Britain’s homes and public buildings more energy efficient.
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:
“The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is another way the Government is making it simpler and cheaper for people to stay warm and improve their homes.
“I want households across the country to benefit from more energy efficient homes and reduced bills through the Green Deal, and that is what the new home incentive fund will do.”
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund also applies to private or social landlords, who can benefit if they undertake to improve the property and are paying the costs themselves.
The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launched, offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing low carbon systems
Minister for Energy Greg Barker with a Grants biomass boiler and Claire Perry MP. Grants is in Claire Perry’s constituency.
Minister for Energy Greg Barker with a Grants biomass boiler and Claire Perry MP. Grants is in Claire Perry’s constituency
A new and innovative Government scheme launched today will pay people for the green heat they generate for their homes.
The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat, offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing low carbon systems in their properties.
The scheme is open to everyone – home owners, social and private landlords, and people who build their own homes. It is available to households both on and off the gas grid.
Minister for Energy Greg Barker said:
“This is the first scheme of its kind in the world – showing yet again that the UK is leading the way in the clean energy sector.
“Not only will people have warmer homes and cheaper fuel bills, they will reduce their carbon emissions, and will also get cash payments for installing these new technologies.
“It opens up a market for the supply chain, engineers and installers – generating growth and supporting jobs as part of our long-term economic plan.”
The technologies currently covered by the scheme are:
•Biomass heating systems, which burn fuel such as wood pellets, chips or logs to provide central heating and hot water in a home. Biomass-only boilers are designed to provide heating using a ‘wet system’ (eg through radiators) and provide hot water. Pellet stoves with integrated boilers are designed to burn only wood pellets and can heat the room they are in directly, as well as provide heat to the rest of the home using a ‘wet system’ (eg through radiators) and provide hot water.
•Ground or water source heat pumps, which extract heat from the ground or water. This heat can then be used to provide heating and/or hot water in a home.
•Air to water heat pumps, which absorb heat from the outside air. This heat can then be used to provide heating and/or hot water in a home.
•Solar thermal panels, which collect heat from the sun and use it to heat up water which is stored in a hot water cylinder. The two types of panels that are eligible are evacuated tube panels and liquid-filled flat plate panels.
Air-source heat pumps 7.3p/kWh
Ground and water-source heat pumps 18.8p/kWh
Biomass-only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers 12.2p/kWh
Solar thermal panels (flat plate and evacuated tube for hot water only) 19.2 p/kWh
Only one space heating system is allowed per property but homeowners can apply for solar thermal for hot water and a space heating system.
The guaranteed payments are made quarterly over seven years for households in England, Wales and Scotland. (Northern Ireland has its own RHI scheme). The scheme is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat sources and renewable heat alternatives.
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has already backed the scheme, and says its introduction could make 2014 a breakthrough year for renewable heating.
Mike Landy, head of on-site renewables at the REA, said:
“Domestic RHI is set to be one of the highlights of the Government’s green agenda in 2014. It will mean that renewable home heating is not just environmentally sensible, but also financially attractive.”
A Green Deal assessor can be independent or affiliated with a Green Deal provider
How will my property be assessed?
The Green Deal assessor will produce a Green Deal advice report made up of two documents, an Energy Performance Certificate (known as an EPC, this rates your home’s energy efficiency on an A to G rating scale) and an Occupancy Assessment, which assesses how you use energy in your home.
EPCs are already in use, as they have to be produced when properties are sold or rented out. An EPC is a basic assessment of the fabric of your property; it assumes how many people live in the property and how they use their heating, so it does not take account of your actual usage or energy bills. The Occupancy Assessment is personalised to you and does assess your own energy use.
It is the EPC that is used to decide the amount of Green Deal finance you can borrow. This means there is a risk – particularly for low energy users – that the EPC could overstate how much energy you could save, meaning that your repayments might be higher than your savings. In this case, the assessor is required to get a written acknowledgement from you, showing that you are aware of this risk.