Trading standards is warning homeowners to be wary of doorstep salespeople claiming that they are linked with the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme, as they could be fraudsters. The fraudsters have been asking for an ‘administration fee’ in order to undertake various tasks on behalf of the homeowners, and are claiming that the improvements will be free.
The Green Deal scheme, set up by the government, allows homeowners and businesses to pay for energy efficient home improvements. The improvements are made to help save money on energy bills, with the ‘golden rule’ stating that the savings must be greater than the cost of the improvements for a home or business to be eligible.
The improvements are paid for through the property’s energy bills, with a manageable amount being added to the bill until the loan is repaid after a set amount of time. An added benefit is that the loan is attached to the property, so a homeowner only need pay for the improvements while they are living in the property.
The Green Deal involves a variety of businesses, from providers to installers and assessors. All companies or individuals involved in the Green Deal are fully trained and qualified to carry out the work, and this is reflected by them receiving a Green Deal Approved Quality mark. Action Fraud advises homeowners to look out for this quality mark before accepting Green deal offers, as it is likely those without it are only looking to prise money from unsuspecting consumers.
If you are interested in the Green Deal, either as a homeowner, a landlord or as the owner of commercial property, then feel free to get in touch with The Green Deal Hub. We work closely with a range of Green Deal Installers and Providers, all bearing the Green Deal Approved Quality mark, and can help you get on the way to having energy efficient home improvements in your home or business building. Alternatively, we have a wide range of information on our website if you’re simply wanting to find out more.
Contact The Green Deal Hub on 0800 080 7997 or email us at email@example.com with your enquiries.