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Extra £100m announced for home energy efficiency improvements

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 9 October 2014 at 9:10 am

There will be an additional £100m available to improve domestic energy efficiency before the end of November according to an announcement this week by Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey. This will be administered through a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

Vouchers issued in the first phase of the scheme went "like hot cakes" to quote Davey. However, the speed with which they disappeared has roused suspicion in many quarters with some believing that they were logged by sales companies and not homeowners. According to RegenSW 1,000 of the 21,000 vouchers issued have been cancelled due to irregularities. We'll be interested to see if that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Both industry and consumers have been frustrated by the first phase of the home improvement fund and DECC has acknowledged that it could be improved. It is currently consulting on how, and you can email its eco team directly if you have suggestions to make.

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