What is Green Deal?
The Green Deal is a government initiative designed to help householders and businesses improve the energy efficiency of their properties and therefore reduce energy bills.
The Green Deal allows you to install energy-saving measures without having to pay all the costs up front. You can borrow the money to pay for the home-energy improvements, and the amount you repay should be equal to or less than the amount you are expected to save on energy bills by having the work done. The government has recently announced the end of funding for the Green Deal, find out more about the current status of the Green Deal from gov.uk or telephone the Energy Saving Advice Service, Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm; and Saturday 10am to 2pm on 0300 123 1234.
Green Deal and Brighton & Hove City Council
Brighton & Hove City Council is working with West Sussex County Council to develop a model, based on the principles of the Green Deal, in the area. For further details visit the West Sussex County Council web site.
In December 2012, Brighton & Hove City Council, working with partners Brighton and Hove 10:10, The Green Building Partnership and Low Carbon Trust, successfully secured government funding to run a Green Deal pilot scheme in the city called Green Deal Pioneer Places.
To showcase the benefits of the Green Deal, the government wanted to create a number of “pioneer places” throughout the country — homes and businesses that have had energy saving measures installed and are reducing energy bills as a result. The council used part of its Green Deal Pioneer Places funding to install up to £10,000-worth of home-energy improvements in 10 Brighton & Hove households throughout the city and carry out 100 Green Deal assessments — at no cost to residents.
The deadline to take part in the council’s Green Deal Pioneer Places expired in February 2013 and successful applicants were contacted shortly afterwards. The property assessments were subsequently carried out, and 10 households were then selected to receive up to £10,000-worth of home-energy improvements each.
The successful households agreed to allow their properties to be part of the annual Brighton & Hove Eco Open Houses event for three years (until 2015), which entails opening each house to the public on one or two weekends each year, usually in June. They also agreed to take part in an independent documentary film about Green Deal Pioneer Places. The film can be seen below and features three out of the 10 ‘successful’ properties on a ‘before’ and ‘after’ basis, showing the work starting, in progress and the final result.