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David and Goliath win for small energy firms

May 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

In a “David and Goliath-style battle” a Girton energy proprietor has helped open up the market for smaller businesses in the energy efficiency sector.

The Government agreed to amend its new Green Deal home improvement fund - set up to enable homeowners to make their houses more energy efficient - after Peter Thom submitted a FOI request which revealed British Gas were securing more than 95 per cent of the Government’s Green Deal cash back vouchers, leaving small installers out in the cold.

Ministers announced a bold new package of measures on May 1, known as the Green Deal home improvement fund, in a bid to revive the widely criticised Green Deal, launched in January last year.

The new fund will offer £1,000 for people installing boilers and insulation, and £500 for anyone who installs energy efficiency measures within 12 months of moving into a property.

“Peter Thom of local Heating and Energy Efficiency company Green Heat Ltd, in Girton, highlighted to Government that the Green Deal was supporting the big 6 energy suppliers and leaving small installers out in the cold. Picture: David Johnson”

Mr Thom, managing director of heating and energy efficiency company Green Heat Ltd in Girton, says the scheme is also now much fairer.

He said: “The scheme has now been opened up to small installers, it’s a bit of a David and Goliath thing.

“Consumers can now go to their local trusted accredited Green Deal installer and get useful advice and a decent chunk of money.

“Since the beginning of the Green Deal we said to David Cameron and his ministers make the scheme open to small businesses, but in reality all the schemes they set up helped the big energy companies.”

Mr Thom also believes the Green Deal home improvement fund has removed some of the red tape and made the complicated process slightly easier for consumers.

He added: “I wrote to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and asked how many Green Deal vouchers had been issued and which Green Deal provider had issued them, particularly for boilers.

“They wrote back to me saying they couldn’t tell me. In August last year I found out British Gas were securing 95 per cent of the cash back vouchers.

“The DECC then agreed to hold a mini consultation and later agreed to change the scheme.

“This is great news for small installers and householders and it is pleasing that the Government has at long last listened to our concerns and acted in such a positive way.”

From June 1, residents will be able to get up to £7,600 back through the new Green Deal home improvement fund.

The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation and new heating systems by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “Faulty boilers, draughty windows and insufficient insulation all cause properties to leak hundreds of pounds every year. But advice and support through the Green Deal can help put a stop to this.

“By installing energy saving improvements, families across the country can enjoy the benefits of warmer, more energy efficient homes and lower bills.”

Girton company Green Heat Ltd have won numerous awards for their environmental work and are regarded as experts in saving energy and reducing fuel bills.

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