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'10 changes to make the Green Deal work update - have they listened?' blog discussion

This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.




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  • edited 11 July 2014 at 9:00PM
    tgroom57tgroom57 Forumite
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    edited 11 July 2014 at 9:00PM
    I'm sitting here trying to think of good things to say about this scheme.

    I am a (very) early adopter, and by the time the Government's scheme came in offering £650 cashback if you installed double glazing, mine had been in place for a decade. I was one of the first in my street to install d/g - 25 years later it is falling off its hinges and I haven't the money to repair or replace.

    I shall not be using the new Green Deal HIF, for the simple reason that if I pay £22 pcm for an improvement that saves me £22 in energy, I am no better off. And because I already have double glazing -even though its broken- so I don't qualify for what would be most attractive. I might have been tempted by new storage heaters, but what I really need is a new immersion heater every 5 years, costing £100. Except that doesn't play into BGs coffers.

    This new GDHIF scheme seems more intent on creating work than in subsidising improvements.
    40 years ago we had a £5,000 grant from our local council for home improvements to a 1900 house- wiring, kitchen, heating system. Our contribution was £500.

    One thing I wish is that they would extend the offer of double glazing to homes where the existing double glazing is over a certain age, say 20 years. If it's working fine you're not going to want the upheaval of a full refit, but I'd welcome the opportunity to replace a broken door.
  • tgroom57 wrote: »
    I'm sitting here trying to think of good things to say about this scheme.

    I am a (very) early adopter, and by the time the Government's scheme came in offering £650 cashback if you installed double glazing, mine had been in place for a decade. I was one of the first in my street to install d/g - 25 years later it is falling off its hinges and I haven't the money to repair or replace.

    I shall not be using the new Green Deal HIF, for the simple reason that if I pay £22 pcm for an improvement that saves me £22 in energy, I am no better off. And because I already have double glazing -even though its broken- so I don't qualify for what would be most attractive. I might have been tempted by new storage heaters, but what I really need is a new immersion heater every 5 years, costing £100. Except that doesn't play into BGs coffers.

    This new GDHIF scheme seems more intent on creating work than in subsidising improvements.
    40 years ago we had a £5,000 grant from our local council for home improvements to a 1900 house- wiring, kitchen, heating system. Our contribution was £500.

    One thing I wish is that they would extend the offer of double glazing to homes where the existing double glazing is over a certain age, say 20 years. If it's working fine you're not going to want the upheaval of a full refit, but I'd welcome the opportunity to replace a broken door.

    1st point in your example you would be better off by having new better double glazing leading to a more comfortable environment at no cost.

    2nd point there are rumors of double glazing over a certain age being eligible for help coming soon so worth waiting to see what comes up 're that.

    3d point 6000 of solid bwall insulation is a massive subsidie , 1000 of a boiler (50%of an average boiler swap) pretty good subsidies.
    "talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish" - Euripides
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