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Government offers wall insulation under the Green Deal

The government's Green Deal has been officially launched, offering thermal insulation to homes and businesses in the UK.

Following its introduction on Monday (October 1st), consumers can now register to have their properties surveyed for potential energy-efficient measures covered by the scheme.

Those who buy into the deal will receive home improvements such as cavity wall and loft insulation, as well as renewable energy fixtures.

However, many householders are still unaware of the provisions offered by the scheme's advisers and so far only seven businesses have been approved for assessments.

Brian Smither, director of electrical supplies distributor Rexel UK, said: "With a lack of consumer awareness around the Green Deal regularly highlighted in the press, the announcement of the first Green Deal advisors is a monumental step in the right direction."

Professional advice from accredited advisers will be crucial to the success of both domestic and non-domestic schemes, he added.

Although inspections are underway, customers will have to wait until January 28th before their loans are approved and work can begin on their properties.

The deal aims to provide thermal insulation to 14 million households by 2020, delivering home improvements worth an estimated £1.3 billion.

Posted by Paul Taylor