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Energy-saving scheme will help homeowners with their bills

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

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WALES Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP is urging people in Wales to take advantage of an initiative designed to give homes and businesses a new way of paying for energy efficient building improvements.

The Green Deal, launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, gives people the opportunity to pay for energy efficient home improvements with savings on their energy bills.

Households in Wales who use the Green Deal to make energy saving home improvements will also qualify for hundreds of pounds of cashback from the Green Deal Cashback Scheme. The more work households decide to have done, the more cash they could receive with packages potentially worth more than £1,000. Welcoming the initiative, Mr Crabb said: "With families and businesses across Wales facing the challenges of rising fuel and energy costs, the launch of the Green Deal will give people the opportunity to have more flexibility in the way to pay for energy saving building improvements.

"The improvements they can make through the Green Deal — new insulation or heating systems — will give homeowners the opportunity to transform their homes, and most importantly, reduce their energy bills."

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  • weslangdon  |  January 30 2013, 2:08PM

    bennyhill; All the ex nationalised industries listed and BT and the NCB were profitable. The Railways and Steel lost money but not that much and when you take in the tax and NI paid by the workers not much at all. They also had an important role to play in regional policy for South Wales, Scotland, and the NE of England. The comparison with them should be the military or GCHQ where most of the army bases and spending benefit Tory areas. Unlike military spending though which is a net loss to the treasury, Coal, Steel, and the Railways had a useful product. Now these industries benefit shareholders not the public nor the communities they were based in.

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  • bennyhill4  |  January 29 2013, 7:17PM

    westlangdon, Why would blair nationalise these companies that were losing money hand over fist. I dont remember one national company that made money, and i have never voted anything other than labour

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  • weslangdon  |  January 29 2013, 4:44PM

    Gas and Electric, Water, the National Grid were all publicly owned...stolen by Thatcher, flogged to her mates for pennies. Labour could have stopped it by promising to re-nationalise without compo, what did Blair do...nothing

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 29 2013, 4:18PM

    adapting to the challenges of climate change isn't just about producing energy in a green and sustainable way, it's also about using less energy. It's quite interesting that in houses in Sweden they use less energy to heat the homes that they live in that we do. Like them we need to adopt the can do attitude

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  • siarad2  |  January 29 2013, 1:14PM

    Other countries have fuel regulation policies, both domestic & road, but here they force us to use boilers that freeze-up in the winter & support fuel companies profit-making.

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  • saddned  |  January 29 2013, 12:44PM

    You can make your home as efficient as you want it makes no difference at all because the utility companies are there to make profit. If everyone uses less energy they put the prices up, when was the last time you heard they made a loss??? This is the Governments way of deflecting their blame away from these money grabbers as they don't have the mutts nutts to do anything about it. In France they cannot raise prices above inflation but in the U.K they fleece us dry.

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  • Zoomer  |  January 29 2013, 12:24PM

    I read in another newspaper that only 50 people had taken up this new deal, after the government spending a small fortune on advertising and promoting it. The government is now having a big push to resurrect it.

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  • Julesbreadbox  |  January 29 2013, 10:20AM

    No, your energy bills won't be reduced because you will have to pay back the loan. If, for one reason or another, you are paying less than "the typical average household", your bills will even go up! I have looked into various options and have come to the conclusion that this Green Deal is not what is "written on the package". I am all for improving our home but will certainly not go for this scheme, since it will make you exposed and dependant to whomever and wherever this loan will come from, which even the respective minister, I heard on the radio, isn't quite sure about. If a minister doesn't know where the money will originate from (or isn't prepared to name the source) how could we be expected to trust this Green Deal?

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  • Jiffy  |  January 29 2013, 9:57AM

    Replacing grants with loans only benefits bankers and business. Who'd have thought the tories would come up with an idea like this! This scheme is like borrowing money from the likes of Wonga. Get the work done and pay it back via your electricity bill. Only to quote the tory blah "...The amount you repay for Green Deal improvements is based on what a typical household or business is expected to save on energy bills by having the work done..." We all have experience of what the government thinks and what happens in reality. Anyone foolish enough to get work done this way, will probably be paying well after the 'improvements' have failed. Hands up, who had cavity wall insulation that's now causing damp?

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