Just days before it launches, a recent poll has indicated that four out of five people have not heard of the Green Deal.
The YouGov poll of 5,071 UK energy customers, commissioned by comparison site uSwitch, found 81% had not heard of the Green Deal. Additionally, 51% cited cost as the biggest obstacles to making their home more energy efficient, raising concerns over the upfront assessment fees of £85-£150.
The poll coincides with the recent admission from the Department of Energy and Climate Change that only five households have signed up and had an assessment carried out in preparation to take out a loan.
Despite this, Climate Minister Greg Barker has said: “We’re right at the beginning of the green deal journey … It’s not going to be an overnight success, it’s going to build steadily, strongly over the years.”
The government hopes that 14 million homes will be updated under the scheme. The Green Deal is designed to tackle household energy bills and carbon emissions from homes. Homeowners will be able to take out a loan against the cost of 45 energy-saving improvements, with repayments being made through your energy bill provider.