Posted on 24/12/2013 by Dave Irons
The Green Deal aims to make homes across the UK more energy efficient, but it could also be having a positive impact on the number of jobs in tool hire and other disciplines.
Since January 2013, over 100,000 assessments of properties have been carried out under the Green Deal, with a range of recommendations given to households to help them to save energy and, in turn, money.
In newly published research from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the impact this has had in terms of work carried out is set out in figures.
Nearly two thirds of households that have had an assessment have already had at least one energy-saving measure carried out in the period since.
A further six per cent are currently in the process of installing an energy-saving measure, and 10% plan to do so in the future, making a total of 81% of all assessed properties.
Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker says: "It's particularly encouraging that over 80% of people have, are, or intend to install at least one measure ... this is a powerful endorsement of the Green Deal."
It is also good news for jobs in tool hire, as some energy-efficient home improvements can be carried out by homeowners themselves, such as lagging pipes or insulating the loft, which may mean an increase in such DIY activity as we move into the new year.