Rigmaden Applaud Range of New Energy and Climate Schemes Introduced by Government

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Rigmaden comment on a range of new energy and climate change schemes which have been announced by Ed Miliband. The schemes will be put into place in a bid to encourage people to make thier homes more energy efficient.

Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary has announced a series of new green initiatives which are to be brought into force over the coming years. The first scheme is to insulate, or fit seven millions homes with renewable energy devices by the year 2020. This scheme will be carried out by energy companies and local authorities, who will work together to make homes more energy efficient. Energy Assessor Training company, Rigmaden expect to see a big rise in the amount of people training to work in the Energy Assessing industry as demand for energy efficiency grows.

The renewable energy scheme will be heavily subsidised by the government, however ultimately the money will come from the public. Mr Miliband admitted that the funding for the scheme would come from increased fuel bills, the majority of households paying an additional £50 or so per year. However, Ed Miliband also announced that in the long term, homeowners would save more money than they will spend by getting devices such as solar panels fitted to their homes.

The Pay as You Save Scheme was also announced, which would allow homeowners to take out loans to buy energy saving devices, or carry out energy efficiency measures on their homes. These loans would be attached to the house itself, rather than any individual. This means payments could be spread out over a period of up to 25 years rather than paying up front. It also means that houses will score higher for energy efficiency in their home information pack, something which many home buyers are now intererested in. It may also cause problems when homeowners sell up however, as the loan would effectively be sold on with the house.

There will also be a website and phone line set up to advise people on how they can go about saving energy and making their homes more efficient. As well as the advice line and website, people will be able to go to “green show homes” – a network of highly energy efficient houses that will be on show to the public to give them ideas for how they could make their own homes greener. This scheme in particular has been praised by Rigmaden as many homeowners simply do not know their options when it comes to making their homes more energy efficient.

Around 65,000 jobs will be created by these schemes, which will bring work to the construction industry, advice line industry and increase the need for energy assessors. For information about energy assessor training, just click here.


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