Homes to take up green deal

A SENIOR county councillor is urging households in Northumberland to sign up to the Government’s flagship Green Deal following the latest rise in electricity and gas prices.

The scheme enables homeowners to borrow from the Government to make their homes more energy efficient, with the loan repaid through future energy bills.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change recently announced that those properties which are quickest to sign up will qualify for up to £1,000 cashback from a £125million fund.

Coun Simon Reed, the county council’s executive member for the environment, said: “The Green Deal is a fantastic programme and will be especially welcome here in Northumberland, where we have some of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the country.

“With an estimated one in five households in the North East being in fuel poverty and with energy companies continuing to hit them with above inflation price rises, it is vital that people are given the help they need to cut down their energy use and save money.

“The Green Deal proves that the choice between going green and saving money is a false one – it will be good for the environment and good for household budgets.”

The cashback offer will be open from January 28. Households which use the Green Deal to make improvements such as loft insulation, solid wall insulation and replacement windows will qualify.

The Government has announced that vulnerable people, including those on low incomes, will be prioritised through the energy company obligation (ECO) measure.