MSE News: New Green Deal Home Improvement Fund begins today – is it worth it for you?

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A new Government scheme means you could get up to £7,600 for making your home more energy-efficient...
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New Green Deal Home Improvement Fund begins today – is it worth it for you?
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  • Butterfly_BrainButterfly_Brain Forumite
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    The same con under a different name.
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  • zag2mezag2me Forumite
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    Doesn't seem much use to a new build home to be honest.
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  • icic Forumite
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    The killer for me with all this is paying an assessor to look at my house and tell me what I need. I know what I need, I just want to know the cost to install it - solid wall insulation and under floor insulation. Having to pay somebody £100 to come round and tell me what this will cost is just barmy. I also suspect that the companies that will install under the scheme will charge more in order to milk more from the government, so any saving from the scheme will be just taken by the installers.

    Look at insulation panels, as soon as the government reduced the subsidies there, the typical installation cost dropped from £8000 to £6000 to keep them attractive.
  • highguyukhighguyuk Forumite
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    Having bought my property 6 months ago, the £1500 on offer seems tempting but it just seems like a minefield of information at the moment. I'll problem wait a few weeks to see what other information comes out and look forward to the reviews of those who take up the "challenge".

    A problem with this is the subtle name change. I wish they would just completely change the name of any scheme that is relaunched, makes it so much easier to find relevant information.
  • captainhindsight_2captainhindsight_2 Forumite
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    ic wrote: »
    The killer for me with all this is paying an assessor to look at my house and tell me what I need. I know what I need, I just want to know the cost to install it - solid wall insulation and under floor insulation. Having to pay somebody £100 to come round and tell me what this will cost is just barmy. I also suspect that the companies that will install under the scheme will charge more in order to milk more from the government, so any saving from the scheme will be just taken by the installers.

    Look at insulation panels, as soon as the government reduced the subsidies there, the typical installation cost dropped from £8000 to £6000 to keep them attractive.

    I think you've miss understood how its going to work.

    Established local firms will be giving you a quote for the work with the GDAR included, meaning they will provide you with a quote and then you can look at whether its worthwhile or not taking into account the cashback available before paying for the GDAR.

    Do you mean Solar Panels? the price dropped because of increased competition and advances in the technology and then the tariff dropped after this, the ROI on Solar panels hasnt really changed much since the introduction of the scheme.
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  • captainhindsight_2captainhindsight_2 Forumite
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    highguyuk wrote: »
    Having bought my property 6 months ago, the £1500 on offer seems tempting but it just seems like a minefield of information at the moment. I'll problem wait a few weeks to see what other information comes out and look forward to the reviews of those who take up the "challenge".

    A problem with this is the subtle name change. I wish they would just completely change the name of any scheme that is relaunched, makes it so much easier to find relevant information.

    What is it your are interested in doing?
    "talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish" - Euripides
  • digitalvibedigitalvibe Forumite
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    Anyone know if either scheme would apply to someone who's recently purchased a flat? The windows in our flat are our responsibility and all of them need to be changed.
  • highguyukhighguyuk Forumite
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    What is it your are interested in doing?

    Boiler replacement would be the primary goal. Ours is in all likelyhood 15/20 years old. The shame is that it works perfectly at the moment in the 5/6 months we've used it!

    In addition, we have Double Glazing window panes that require replacement due to the seals gone. If that wasn't covered, I'd look towards Cavity Wall or another recommended treatment.
  • captainhindsight_2captainhindsight_2 Forumite
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    highguyuk wrote: »
    Boiler replacement would be the primary goal. Ours is in all likelyhood 15/20 years old. The shame is that it works perfectly at the moment in the 5/6 months we've used it!

    In addition, we have Double Glazing window panes that require replacement due to the seals gone. If that wasn't covered, I'd look towards Cavity Wall or another recommended treatment.

    You should be able to get a boiler fitted with a built in flue gas heat recovery device built in. That way you qualify for two measures in one box, expect to pay from £2400 for this then minus the cash back you would qualify for

    Wait for eco to pick up again of you are interested in cavity wall insulation as you will get this for free.
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  • captainhindsight_2captainhindsight_2 Forumite
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    Anyone know if either scheme would apply to someone who's recently purchased a flat? The windows in our flat are our responsibility and all of them need to be changed.

    The current Windows cannot be double glazing to qualify for this.

    If they are currently single you would qualify. You would just have to get another measure of the 12 available.
    "talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish" - Euripides
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