The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced on Wednesday that it has extended the Green Deal cash-back scheme for UK householders who carry out energy efficiency improvements, which is intended to help drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions.
Following an informal consultation, DECC has decided that applications for Green Deal Cash-back can now be submitted up to 30 June 2014, giving householders a further three months to install energy efficiency measures and redeem cash-back vouchers.
Cash-back has also been increased on certain Green Deal measures, which include a rise of GBP650 on the amount available for solid wall insulation, which means that householders can now claim up to GBP4,000 for this energy saving measure. Cash-back for householders who install ‘room in roof’ insulation, such as those with loft conversions, is increased from GBP220 to GBP1,000, while up to GBP650 can be claimed by householders for installing double glazing, which has increased from GBP320.
In addition, DECC has increased the cap on cash-back payments to two thirds of a household’s contribution towards costs. This cap was previously 50%, so the increase means that more people will be eligible for the maximum cash-back level.
The new cash-back rates and contribution cap will apply to any applications made or redeemed on or after 13 December 2013. However, not all customers will be eligible for a further cash-back amount because the values for most measures will remain the same as before.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:
“Inefficient homes use a lot more energy than they need to, which consumers pay a high price for.
“The extension and increase to Green Deal cash-back means more families will be helped to have warmer, more energy efficient homes and lower energy bills by next winter. These changes also create more opportunities for the growing number of authorised green deal companies.”