The Green Deal Hub Website Proves Demand as Visitor Numbers Take a Leap Following the Soft Launch of the Government’s Green Deal

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The Green Deal Hub – a portal which offers a range of information, news and opportunities related to the revolutionary Green Deal – is experiencing a dramatic increase in visitor numbers following the Government’s soft launch of the initiative this month.

There is an obvious demand out there for energy efficiency improvements, and at the moment we are frustrated not to be able to act on this. However all the signs point to the Green Deal being fully up and running by early next year.

The Green Deal Hub – a portal for consumers and businesses interested in the Government’s Green Deal – is proving demand, as visitor numbers soar following the soft launch of the Green Deal. The website is now registering 3,000 unique hits a month and has seen traffic levels triple in the last week.

The Green Deal, which aims to transform Britain’s housing stock, and make millions of homes more energy efficient and cost effective to run, in line with the country’s 2050 emissions reduction target, was ‘soft-launched’ by The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on Monday 1 October 2012.

The initiative has been branded as the biggest home improvement scheme since the Second World War, and is a huge opportunity for the country to deal with green matters including soaring energy bills and climate change.

Simon Wadsworth, Managing Director of Igniyte, the company responsible for The Green Deal Hub, says: “We are averaging around 300 homeowners and landlords requesting assessments every month, and seeing a daily increase in the number of people signing up to our site.

“There is an obvious demand out there for energy efficiency improvements, and at the moment we are frustrated not to be able to act on this. However all the signs point to the scheme being fully up and running by early next year."

According to the DECC website, “the new innovative Green Deal financial mechanism eliminates the need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures and instead provides reassurances that the cost of the measures should be covered by savings on the electricity bill.”

Finance details for the scheme, including the all crucial interest rate, are likely to be finalised at the end of January 2013. Once this happens Finance Providers will be in a position to work out the ‘Golden Rule’, which is ultimately the key to the Green Deal - savings in energy made must out-weigh the overall costs of energy efficiency home improvements.

Wadsworth remains positive and sees this ‘pregnant pause’ as an opportunity for potential Green Deal Installers to become fully accredited and prepared for when the scheme is ready to go. He says: “We are actively seeking partners to undertake assessments, and encourage both accredited and potential Installers and Finance Providers to get involved. In particular we want to hear from organisations and individuals interested in ‘whole house installation solutions’.”

In the meantime the ‘Hub’ is a useful site to visit for current news and updates about the Green Deal. Home owners can sign up for assessments, trades organisations and suppliers can find advice and guidance about how to become an accredited Installer, as well join the Hub’s network. The site also provides information about Providers and how to become one.

For more information please visit http://www.thegreendealhub.co.uk/. Contact the team direct on 0800 080 7997 or info(at)thegreendealhub(dot)co.uk.

About The Green Deal

The Green Deal is a flexible framework which enables private businesses to offer consumers the opportunity to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes and businesses without the upfront capital costs.

Proposed by the Government, The Green Deal is aimed at improving the energy efficiency of the UK’s building stock, reducing carbon emissions and supporting the UK’s 2050 emission reduction target.

The Green Deal programme is not only providing energy savings measures to homes and businesses across the UK, but is also generating new job opportunities for both the skilled and unskilled labour force.

One of the main benefits of The Green Deal programme is that there are no obligatory upfront costs and consumers can payback over time through energy bills.

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