Coming before the launch of the Green Deal in autumn next year, a series of trials on September will equip people with skills to make it easier to achieve energy efficiency in their homes.
The trials known as “nudge unit” are said to encourage consumers to adopt green practices, which is the aim of the undertaking. Behavioural Insights Team of the government will work with local authorities and businesses on the project.
Last May, the UK government has set out plans to grant £10,000 to around 14 million homes in the country to subsidize the expenditures in improving the households as part of its “Green Deal”.
The government subsidy is earmarked for the installation of energy-saving materials like roof insulation, double glazing and cavity walls.
On top of that, homeowners are said to receive benefits from mod- cons such as under-floor heating and new efficient boilers and taxpayers’ money for the installation of water-efficient taps and showers, light fittings and draught proofing.
Although energy secretary Chris Huhne considered the Green Deal as a “real hit and will be a fantastic way for people to upgrade their draughty and energy-wasting homes,” he took into account the necessary barriers such as the cost, hassle, and a lack of trust in installers.
The green program will hopefully boost the economy of UK by generating £2.5 billion from energy savings and creating up to 70,000 jobs.
Under the Green Deal, utility companies, High Street retailers and charities are ordered to send advisers to households to identify the savings before refitting the homes, taking into account the initial costs. Consumers won’t have to worry over up-front costs.
As a mode of repayment, consumers will see fees being reflected in their electricity and heating bills over 25 years, which will work on installment basis.
In one of the trials, B&Q and Sutton Council will offer a subsidised loft clearance service to try to encourage homeowners to make the green home improvement if the hassle of loft insulation is removed.
Meanwhile Homebase and Carillionmull offering incentives such as a one-month council tax holiday for residents that patronize energy efficiency measures.