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More awareness needed regarding Green Deal, claims survey

15 August 2012 No Comment

Uncertainty and confusion is proving to be a hindrance in the uptake of the Green Deal, according to a new survey by the UK’s leading business standards body.

The BSI suggests that while one in five home-owners is set to participate in the deal, which launches in October, the majority admit that they still don’t know enough about the scheme; with uncertainty remaining ‘significantly high’, reports greenwisebusiness.co.uk.

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Around 60 per cent said they were ‘unsure’ about the Green Deal, mainly because they did not know enough about the initiative.

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The Green Deal aims to cut energy bills and carbon emissions from properties by making energy efficiency services – such as solar power or interior cladding – affordable for all. Customers will be able to invest in initiatives with no upfront payment, as the cost is paid back through savings achieved by the improvements.

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Consumer understanding of the Green Deal

In addition, the creation of a Kitemark could be a measure that might increase confidence and enhance consumer understanding of the scheme, as 70 per cent of customers were aware of the Kitemark being a trusted source of quality, reports solarpowerportal.co.uk.

Reassurance to increase take up of the scheme

Howard Kerr, chief executive of BSI, commented on the certification:

“We believe the launch of a new Kitemark, a mark which the public recognises as a symbol of trust and reassurance, will help drive interest and take up of the scheme.”

Author: Ashley Curtis Date Written: 10 August 2012

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