Insulation distributor Minster is encouraging its customers to familiarise themselves with the Government’s Green Deal so as not to miss out on future potential work and diversification opportunities.
Minster marketing director Nick Ratcliffe says: ” The Green Deal will be of particular importance to those customers who have previously relied heavily on CERT/CESP funded work which are due to cease at the end of this year.”
The Green Deal initiative is designed to help support British households and non-domestic properties in improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. It eliminates the need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures, instead providing reassurances that the cost of the measures should be covered by savings on the electricity bill.
A new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) works alongside the Green Deal finance offer by targeting appropriate measures at those householders who cannot achieve significant energy savings without an additional or different measure of support. This includes vulnerable and low income households and those living in harder to treat properties, such as those with solid walls.
Ratcliffe says: “We offer a comprehensive range of specialist insulation products including External Wall Insulation (EWI), as well as Microgeneration technologies such as Solar Photovoltaic panels.
Minster also supports its customers with training through Greenworks to encourage an industry-wide effort to cut emissions.
“With Green Deal in place, and the Government pushing towards meeting climate change targets, the energy-efficiency sector will increase. Alongside the need to deliver low-carbon new builds, an extensive programme of refurbishment will also be required to improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon emissions of around 8 million existing homes.”
Ratcliffe says that educating customers is a top priority for Minster, and that Minster is using the Saint Gobain Greenworks Training Academy to offer energy assessor courses for both domestic and non-domestic properties.