Boiler replacements remain popular under green schemes
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published its latest ECO and Green Deal statistics, with boiler replacements continuing to prove to be a popular energy saving home improvement measure.
Although the statistics are provisional, figures on DECC’s website has revealed that as of the end of November 2013 almost 462,000 measures designed to improve energy efficiency had been installed in UK homes. Under the Energy Company Obligation, generally known as ECO, November saw over 82,000 measures carried out, an increase of 14% on October’s figures (72,258).
Since the launch of the ECO scheme 12 months ago (it went live in January 2013) 142,000 replacement boilers have been installed to help vulnerable households fight fuel poverty and lower their energy bills. While 121,000 lofts have been insulated, 151,000 households have secured a free grant for cavity wall insulation thanks to the scheme.
The Green Deal scheme, which was launched at the same time as ECO, hasn’t been as popular, although they are very different schemes. According to DECC by the end of 2013 slightly over 1,600 households had Green Deal plans in place, compared to near on 1,500 at the end of November. Whilst Green Deal assessments neared 130,000, which was up from 117,500 the previous month.
For the month of December a total of 12,388 assessments took place. But in November this figure was 15,599. It’s highly likely the fall in the number of assessments was influenced by the Christmas break.
A complete breakdown of the statistics is available by visiting the DECC website.
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