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Government's Green Deal goes live

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Central Government, Housing

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The Government's Green Deal, which is aimed at making the country's buildings more energy efficient, goes live today.

The scheme offers homeowners and businesses a way of paying for energy efficient improvements such as insulation and new heating systems.

According to the Government, Britain's buildings are amongst the least efficient in the world.

From today, households in England and Wales who use the Green Deal to make energy saving improvements will also qualify for hundreds of pounds of cashback from the Green Deal Cashback Scheme.

The more work households decide to have done, the more cash they could receive and packages could be worth over £1,000.

The Green Deal currently offers 45 different types of energy improvements.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "The Green Deal will help thousands of homes stay warm for less. Those people will benefit from energy saving improvements – and their energy bills will fall. The UK green sector is a success story – it is the sixth largest in the world and has a crucial part to play in building a strong economy."

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey added: "More and more families are being hit by the rising cost of fuel bills and the best way people can protect themselves from increased costs is to use less energy. This is where the Green Deal comes in, giving people a whole new way to pay for energy saving home improvements."

Meanwhile, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has been criticised for failing to hit energy retrofitting targets.

London Assembly Member Jenny Jones said: "To date the Mayor of London has only retroffited 88,000 homes in London under his energy saving programme RE:NEW, well short of his 200,000 target by 2012.

"To have any chance of achieving his 1.2 million home energy retrofit target by 2015, Boris Johnson must put far greater resources than the 300k he has allocated to stimulate its uptake and support local authorities to play their part in encouraging residents."

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