Government boost for green home products

Published:  02 November, 2010

LONDON: Merchants have welcomed the government initiative to make people's homes warmer and cheaper to run.

Chris Huhne, energy and climate change secretary, yesterday said that by 2015 up to 100,000 Green Deal workers could be employed in the effort to upgrade Britain's homes. Currently around 27 000 work in the insulation industry. Legislation to start the process of establishing the Green Deal is due to be introduced into parliament next month.

Keith Jones, managing director of Plumb Center said: "Plumb Center is committed to working with government to ensure that the Green Deal is effectively implemented and that households across the country benefit from the widest possible range of energy efficiency products resulting in a reduction in energy consumption."

The Green Deal is a government initiative to making energy efficiency available homeowners and those renting their property. The work to upgrade the property will be paid back from the saving on energy bills.

The Green Deal is expected to be available from Autumn 2012. The government also announced measures to improve the energy efficiency of the private rented sector. With Green Deal, landlords will face no upfront costs when improving their properties.

Ian Cheshire, group chief executive of Kingfisher and chairman of B&Q said: "The coalition government's flagship Green Deal scheme offers great potential to revolutionise the home energy efficiency market. This will go a long way towards helping the UK to meet its ambitious climate change targets. We look forward to working together to help people save money and cut carbon in their homes."

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