All Green Deals need to begin with a Green Deal assessment. Thankfully it is not difficult to arrange.
A search online can easily locate one of the Green Deal assessors in England and Wales, but a comprehensive list of approved assessors is available from the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body website at www.greendealorb.co.uk.
You can also recognise a certified Green Deal provider by the Green Deal Quality Mark that will be displayed on their documentation.
Get An Appointment
As described above, it is best to start with Green Deal by booking an appointment with an official assessor. One of the best ways to do is if to find an assessor in your area using the website linked above.
What Is An Assessor's Responsibility?
The assessor is the initial point of contact. They are there to meet with the homeowner and review their property for green improvements. They follow a basic green check-list which lets them methodically go through the home checking off each item on the list. This ensures that each Green Deal not miss anything important off the list because it was simply forgotten and also simplifies the issuance of a report at the end of the assessment.
Green Deal Advice Report
At the conclusion of the assessment, a Green Deal Advice Report should be given to the home owner. Sometimes the assessor will charge a fee for the assessment. This will usually need to be paid prior to receipt of the report.
The report is in two parts. The first part is an energy performance report which states the current energy-saving rating and a future estimate for what it could be with the list of changes suggested by the assessor. The second part is the occupancy assessment. Here, the assessor has examined how the occupants use energy in the house and makes ad-hoc suggestions for easy ways to cut energy use. Often this includes things like using energy-saving light bulbs, only keeping on lights in the room you are presently occupying, and using standby modes wherever possible.
Is The Assessor Serving Two Masters?
Assessors are supposed to be impartial. That said, they can in fact work for a company that offers assessments, financing and installers. Such a company may be running the assessment service at a loss because it is used as a lead generator to sell their other high-profit services. Alternatively, an assessor can have a simpler commission-based or fee-based relationship with a Green Deal provider to refer their customers onwards.
Cost-Effective Green Improvements
The idea behind an effective assessment is the recommendation of changes that reduce energy consumption, but are also not so expensive to out-way the cost savings. Whether one would consider a green improvement worth the cost to implement may depend on how much the financing costs for the improvements and how many years it will be until the home owner comes out ahead.
A homeowner should take the numbers provided by a Green Deal provider (or two...) and perform their own calculations to see whether Green Deal makes sense for them. The home owner always has the option to fund improvements little by little as they have the funds to do so, without the need to pay interest on borrowings, or they could borrow privately & make their own arrangements.