Are green deal providers quoting on reports from independent advisors?
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 29 October 2013 at 10:59 am
Getting a green deal assessment is meant to be like getting a new prescription for your glasses. Once you have the prescription you can shop around for the style of frames you want and have your prescription made up by any provider.
So, the idea is that you invite a green deal advisor round to look at your home. They provide you with verbal advice as they go round, and follow it up with a written green deal advice report with suggested measures you could take to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Once you've got the report you can take it to any green deal provider and ask them to give you a quote for the measures you are interested in installing. That's the theory, but does it actually work like that in practice?
My experience, and that of others I have spoken to, indicates not always. I asked five providers to quote on underfloor insulation - and not one of them did/could. Two got back to me saying that they could only offer boiler replacements; two didn't reply; and the fifth had suspended operation temporarily.
More worrying are rumours I hear that providers are refusing to quote on green deal advice reports that were not done by their 'tied' assessors. This runs contra to the whole ethos of the scheme, and if this has happened to you we would like to know. Please either add a comment below the blog or send me an email.
One possible reason that this could be happening is that of the 111 green deal providers currently accredited, only 22 have been accredited to offer green deal plans through the Green Deal Finance Company so far. The latest statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that 85,177 green deal assessments have been done, so there does seem to be a mismatch here. However, it goes against the whole ethos of the green deal, so please let us know if you've experienced this sort of problem.
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By Cathy Debenham
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