Along with the latest Green Deal and ECO statistics we’ve also published a group of research reports which give insights into the customer and supply chain - there’s a lot to take in, so we’ve highlighted the key findings here.
ECO & GREEN DEAL
At the end of August 2014 around 965,000 energy efficiency measures had been installed in nearly 800,000 homes through Green Deal and ECO – which is great as it shows we’re on track to meet our aim of helping one million homes by the end of March 2015.
Even more households will be able to benefit from a warmer home and more control over their energy bills when we open the next phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund before the end of November. Vouchers for the first phase of GDHIF went like hotcakes and by the end of September £13.6 million had been reimbursed to 3,235 households. Whilst payments can currently take up to 30 working days, our administrator tells us that waiting times are improving every week.
GREEN DEAL FINANCE
September was the biggest month yet for Green Deal Plans with 999 more plans in the system taking the total to 5,736 by the end of the month.
By the end of September Green Deal Assessments had surged past 350,000 which is an indication of the huge appetite for household energy efficiency. To understand the intentions of people who have had an assessment we surveyed 900 of these households in August 2014 and the findings showed that having a Green Deal Assessment was a key driver in helping a household to install energy efficiency measures.
Our research showed that four in five households had either already installed, were in the process of installing or intended to install at least one, energy saving home improvement recommended by their Assessment.
The findings also indicated high levels of satisfaction in the Assessment process with 81% of households surveyed saying they were confident in the recommendations made by the assessor and 72% saying that the assessment was useful in helping them to understand what they can do to make their homes more energy efficient.
The research also showed positive satisfaction levels among the households which have had energy saving improvements installed following their Green Deal Assessment: 88% were satisfied with the professionalism of the installer and 86% were satisfied with the quality of the installer’s work.
With 4,061 registered assessors, 162 providers and 2,729 installers at the end of September, the Green Deal supply chain has been growing and evolving rapidly. Research carried out on a sample of this group over January and February 2014 revealed that for some installers it had now become a ‘necessity’ to enter the Green Deal supply chain since so many other installers had already done so.