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No Takers For Cashback Green Deal Scheme
Not a single household has yet signed up for a flagship Coalition energy efficiency scheme despite a £1,000 cashback offer ministers said would get it off to a "flying start".
Green Deal is designed to help homeowners make energy saving home improvements to their properties from January.
The scheme covers the upfront costs of improvements such as insulation and new boilers and allows homeowners to pay the money back through savings on bills.
Households have had since October 1 to have their home assessed for improvements.
However, climate change minister Greg Barker has admitted that no home assessments "have yet been lodged on the register".
Labour said the admission meant the Green Deal scheme was in tatters.
But the Department of Energy & Climate Change blamed the lack of formal applications on people waiting until nearer January, when building work can actually start, before getting involved.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey announced the first-come-first served £125m cashback offer last month in a bid to persuade people to sign up - with those committing to the most work offered up to £1,000.
He said the scheme would provide an "unprecedented choice" for consumers wanting to make their homes more energy efficient.
"This cashback offer will help get the Green Deal off to a flying start. It really is a great offer - the more work households have done, the more energy they stand to save and the more cash they receive," he said.
In response to a parliamentary question from shadow climate change minister Luciana Berger, Mr Barker said: "While we understand a number of appointments for the in-property assessments have been made, no assessments have yet been lodged on the register."
A DECC spokeswoman insisted that the Green Deal was "coming alive" and that it was pleased with the progress made so far.
"We understand that assessments are generally being scheduled to take place closer to the date at which a plan can be signed and the work can begin - this makes perfect sense," she said.
what do you think?
People dont care about energy efficiency. They care about warm homes and reasonable prices. With this you still pay the same amount in the long term anyway because the amount you save on bills, you pay the government. Ant the savings you make will still mean your paying back for years...
Yes Danny and have you noticed how we were told to use low energy bulbs etc to save energy and cut our bills, but as usage goes down prices go up so now the energy companies get paid more for less !.
How about just paying a percentage of our energy bills for us instead of pointless eco-mental schemes? Methinks the take-up on that would be 100%.
I take it this doesn't include us that are in social housing..
if your in social housing, you get everything paid for already. what more do you want?
Nobody has signed up for it..I'm not surprised, this scheme has not been publicised in my area otherwise I may have given it consideration. Although like Danny and Lorgar I would prefer a reduction in energy bills given the recent obscene profits published by one electricity company recently.