What to Expect from a Green Deal Assessment

This guide explains a little more about what you can expect from your Green Deal assessment and how it can help get you started in updating your home.

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So you’ve taken the first step towards making your home more energy efficient and saving money on your energy bills by taking advantage of the Green Deal scheme. The Green Deal assessment is an important part of the process of installing certified, energy efficiency equipment in your home. Our guide explains a little more about what you can expect from your assessment and how it can help get you started in updating your home.

The Green Deal assessment is a step which must be taken in order for you to proceed in taking advantage of the Green Deal scheme when installing or updating energy efficiency equipment at home. Assessing the property helps you and the assessor to determine which new equipment may need installing, and which options are financially viable. The assessment costs between £90 and £150, but can offer an insight into your energy usage and provide you with good, energy-saving advice, in addition to helping you progress towards installing new energy-saving equipment.

 What will a Green Deal assessor do?

 The Green Deal assessment aims to provide a better insight into your home’s energy use than the outdated Energy Performance Certificate- which offers an A-G rating but doesn’t take into account how you use your energy at home. In order to make a more accurate calculation of how much energy you use, your assessor will ask a number of questions, which can include:

  • How many people live in the property?

  • Which appliances do you use?

  • How often is the heating switched on?

  • Do you have any energy saving measures installed already?

  • Do you own or rent the property?

  • Is the building listed?

The answers to your questions will help to reflect how the members of your household live and use energy. Your assessor will also need to take a look at your boiler, insulation, lighting and other appliances around the home to determine their efficiency. Even in a relatively new house, the assessor will need to check that building standards have been adhered to, as well as looking for extensive wear on draught proofing which can decrease your home’s energy efficiency.

 What to remember

 Being prepared for the assessment is important in order for you and the assessor to get the most information out of it. To help your Green Deal assessment run smoothly:

  • Make the assessor aware of any access issues which might make it difficult for them to inspect certain features, i.e. loft insulation

  • Your assessor may wish to see your old energy bills to get an idea of your energy usage. Have your old bills on hand and in order for when the assessor arrives. Those who use online billing may want to download copies of their bills and keep them organised in a folder on their desktop for easy access

  • Any figures quoted by your Green Deal assessor over savings which can be made are purely estimates. Only a certified Green Deal provider can give a quote detailing actual costs of the project.

  • Listen to your assessor. They’re not just there to give a “yes” or “no” over your eligibility for the Green Deal scheme. By looking at your home, your energy use and your current equipment, they can offer helpful advice on how you can improve your energy rating, save money and live more comfortably, whether you end up taking up the Green Deal or not.

  • Having an assessment allows you to consider your options and receive advice on which updates will be financially viable, but by having the assessment, you are in no way obliged to take up the Green Deal scheme.

A Green Deal assessment is a mandatory step for anyone hoping to take up the Green Deal scheme, however, even if you ultimately decide against taking up the scheme, the insight you can gain into your own energy use can be just as valuable. Anyone interested in finding a Green Deal assessor can find more information here.

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