Key things to understand on your Green Deal Report
As part of the Green Deal Assessment a Green Deal Report is created, and it is this piece of paper that you take to Green Deal Providers. The Green Deal Providers will use the recommended measures in the report and then be able to provide you with quotes for the work to be completed.
The Green Deal report is made up of two things:
1. Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
EPCs have been a requirement for consumers selling and renting properties since October 2008 and rate the energy efficiency of the property.
The score given is between 1-100, with 1 being not very energy efficient, and 100 being perfectly energy efficient. As you can see in the EPC ratings below, this property was rated at 51, where the average UK home is currently rated at 60. This rating is also called a SAP score.
The potential column on the right shows that by putting in all the recommended EPC energy efficiency measures, your home could improve by 29 points to 80. At the higher rating the property would be much more energy efficient and the property owner would also be paying lower energy bills.
The main limitation of the EPC is that it doesn’t take into account energy usage of the occupants living there. Not all of us use the energy in homes in the same way so to allow one home to be directly compared to another, energy ratings are calculated using ‘standard occupancy’ assumptions. Standard occupancy assumes that the house is heated for 9 hours a day during weekdays and 16 hours a day at weekends, with the living room heated to 21oC and the rest of the house at 18oC.
2. Occupancy Assessment
The Occupancy Assessment is the second part of the Green Deal Assessment, which is all about how the occupant uses the property and the amount of energy that is used.
To ensure the occupancy assessment is tailored to the household that live in a property an interview is carried out with between the Green Deal Advisor and its occupants (should be the bill payer). The final piece of information that is entered into the occupancy assessment is the household annual energy cost. This is found on the energy bills.
The other questions that are covered in the interview include:
- Number of showers / baths of occupants
- Number of high energy appliances
- Heating patterns
The report summarises your annual energy cost and compares it to a similar house of the same number of occupants. Therefore you can see in the example below that this household pays just 1/3rd as much as the average household of this size and occupants.
In the section below will detail the energy efficiency or self-generation measures recommend to improve the performance of the property. You will be able to see their cost to install on the left hand side and the anticipated savings on the right hand side.
Any measure that has a ‘green’ tick means it is funded by the Green Deal. If it has an ‘orange’ tick it means it may not be funded by the Green Deal and other financing options should be sought.
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