Green deal applicants urged to contact social landlord
Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Environment
Riverside is urging tenants who wish to sign up to the government’s Green Deal to contact the social housing provider for permission to have energy saving works carried out.
The scheme, which allows people to pay for energy saving improvements over time through their electricity bill, was launched last week.
Riverside’s project manager Howard Garde said: “We want to make sure that our tenants who sign up for the Green Deal are getting the best financial offer and are using contractors who are properly qualified to carry out improvements on our properties.”
The Green Deal loans can be used for improvements such as loft insulation, solar panels, draft proofing and solid wall insulation. The loans are repaid over a period of 10-25 years through additions to electricity bills, and are supposed to be outweighed by the by savings from low energy use.
Howard Garde added: “People should be wary of door step providers or cold callers who may try to sell the benefits of signing up to improvements with their particular company. Tenants should not pay for a Green Deal assessment and must contact Riverside first.”
Riverside tenants should call Riverside’s customer service centre on tel: 0845 111 0000 if they wish to take up the Green Deal scheme.