The Latest News and Press Articles on Solent Green Deal

BBC Radio Solent, 12 November 2013

Portsmouth resident and councillor interviewed on BBC Radio Solent

Portsmouth resident Fiona Harrison and Portsmouth City Councillor Darren Sanders were interviewed by reporter Dominic Blake about the Solent Green Deal and how households can be more energy efficient, for Julian Clegg's morning programme on BBC Radio Solent. Skip to the 1:09:50 mark for the interview.  

Portsmouth News, 5 November 2013

Portsmouth residents say they are not saving energy 

ONLY one in 10 people in Portsmouth give themselves the top rating for energy efficiency, according to a new survey carried out by the Solent Green Deal.

The survey asked people to consider how insulated their home was and what energy saving measures they undertake, such as turning off heating, lights and electrical appliances when not in use.

New Forest residents came out on top as the most energy efficient in Hampshire.

Despite Portsmouth’s low score, councillor Darren Sanders, cabinet member for housing at Portsmouth City Council, says help is at hand.

He said: ‘The council is offering the Solent Green Deal to help households stay warm and well, and I am especially encouraging residents who may qualify to take advantage of free upgrades to their heating and insulation by contacting the council.’

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Press Release, 4 November 2013

Hampshire residents mark themselves low for energy efficiency

Only eight per cent of people in Hampshire give themselves the top rating for energy efficiency according to a new survey carried out by the Solent Green Deal.

The survey asked people to consider how insulated their home is and what energy saving measures they undertake such as turning off heating, lights and electrical appliances when not in use, fully loading the washing machine and shutting windows when the heating is on.

New Forest residents named themselves the most energy efficient in Hampshire, with Petersfield coming in at second and those in Romsey at a close third. Andover residents rated themselves the worst with nobody scoring themselves a 5 out of 5 for energy efficiency.

The over 55’s rated themselves as the most energy efficient, with 16-24 year olds rating themselves the worse. And men, rather than women, were the ones to be more conscious about wasting energy.

Fiona Harrison from Hampshire gave herself the highest score for energy efficiency. She said: “With energy prices rising I started to realise just how much of our wages were going on electricity alone so we decided to do everything we could to reduce our bills.

“We now do little things like warm water in the oven after cooking and turn the TV off one night a week. In one year we saved over £100.”

The research comes as the Solent Green Deal strives to raise awareness of how people and their homes can be more energy efficient.

The scheme is part of the national Green Deal, but is solely dedicated to helping people living in Hampshire, and offers an affordable way for people to make energy improvements to their homes.

The Green Deal offers loans to households to enable them to have improvements such as loft, wall or door insulation, double glazing, smart meters, solar power or biomass boilers. The loan is then repaid back through their energy bills. The savings made from having the work done, should outweigh the cost of the repayments, leaving people with a warmer, more energy efficient home.

Alex Parmley, speaking on behalf of the Solent Green Deal, said: “All people have to do is contact the Solent Green Deal on 0800 052 2242 and request an assessment of their property. A council employee will come round and identify what measures best suit your home, offer impartial advice and provide quotes for approved suppliers.

“Our research has found that the majority of people set their thermostat to 20 degrees, but by turning down by just one degree, could save £65 a year for every degree that you turn down. By making small adjustments, you could save yourself money.”

Solent Green Deal advisors will also be on hand to offer energy saving tips. For example the survey found that one in three people have their heating on a timer, which could mean their heating comes on when they are out or when they don’t actually need it.

One in ten people in Hampshire will leave a tap dripping, but left over two weeks a dripping tap will waste enough water to fill a bath.

Other tips include fully loading the dishwasher or washing machine as one full load uses less energy than two half loads. Closing curtains will help stop the heat escaping through windows and when boiling the kettle, only fill it with the amount of water that you will need, providing it covers the elements.

Participating councils act as an initial point of contact for householders to enable them to find out more about energy improvements and arrange for a council employee to carry out an assessment of their home.

First, householders are recommended to fill in the Green Deal Wizard to find out what improvements they could have in their home and how much they could save on their energy bills. They can then register their details and request an assessment.

The assessment will identify what measures best suit their home and provide quotes for approved suppliers. By using the Green Deal, householders could save up to £800 a year on their energy bills.

The Solent Green Deal comprises Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Winchester City Council and East Hampshire District Council and is supported by PUSH - the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire. Other councils throughout Hampshire are likely to join over the coming months.

To find out more visit www.solentgreendeal.org.uk or call freephone: 0800 052 2242

Contractors can register their interest in becoming an approved Solent Green Deal supplier by visiting www.solentgreendeal.org.uk


 

Press Release, 7 October 2013 

Hampshire scheme helps people save on energy bills

With energy bills predicted to rise by 7 per cent this winter[1], the Solent Green Deal is helping households in Hampshire to be more energy efficient to enable them to benefit from at least £2-billion savings across the UK.

The Solent Green Deal has carried out research to highlight areas where people can take simple measures to help them reduce their energy bills and save them money.

The research found that for example:

Over a third of people in Hampshire leave their windows open while their heating is on,

Almost 40 per cent leave their electrical appliances on standby when they are not in use,

  • One in three leave lights on unnecessarily,
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  • And one in ten turn up the heating rather than reaching for a jumper when they feel cold in their home.

Yet, according to the Energy Saving Trust, if every household in the UK switched off their electrical appliances rather than leaving them on standby, it could collectively save around £2 billion every year across the UK, that’s a saving of between £50 and £90 a year for every home in Hampshire!

The research comes as local councils launch the Solent Green Deal – a scheme to help people become more energy efficient and save money as part of the government’s national Green Deal.

Alex Parmley, speaking on behalf of the Solent Green Deal, said: “Energy prices are going up every year and Hampshire families are feeling the squeeze on their household spending. However, Solent Green Deal has been set up by local councils and is here to help residents save money on their energy bills. There is a range of practical advice, for example showing residents how much energy and money can be saved by turning off appliances that are left on standby.

“But that’s just the beginning. Under the scheme, householders can get impartial advice on improvements such as loft, wall or door insulation, double glazing, smart meters, solar power or biomass boilers. They can receive a report tailored to their home from an independent Council Assessor as well as advice on the best ways to fund this, including using Green Deal finance, which is paid back by savings made on their energy bill.”

The survey also found that 40 per cent of people in Hampshire are worried about their energy bill rising, with one in ten people saying they often have to choose between eating or heating during the winter months.

Alex continued: “These statistics are a real concern, highlighting how energy prices are affecting hard pressed family budgets. We want to ensure that homeowners are aware of this scheme which is designed to make home improvements affordable, keep homes warmer and save money. By using the Solent Green Deal, families could save up to £800 a year on their energy bills. The best thing to do is contact us and we will be happy to help you improve your energy efficiency, saving you money.”

The Solent Green Deal, which was launched last month, comprises Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Winchester City Council and is supported by PUSH - the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire. Other councils throughout Hampshire are joining over the coming months.

The aim is to remove the barriers to people making energy improvements to their homes and provide impartial and trustworthy advice to residents. Participating councils act as an initial point of contact for householders to enable them to find out more about energy improvements and arrange for a council employed qualified assessor to carry out an assessment of their home.

The initial assessment will identify what measures best suit their home and provide quotes for approved suppliers, who will then appoint local contractors to carry out the work.

The Green Deal offers an affordable way for houseowners to improve their homes as the costs paid over a maximum of 25 years through energy bills. The expected energy savings must outweigh the cost of any improvements for the loan to be given.

For more information visit www.solentgreendeal.org.uk or call freephone: 0800 052 2242

Contractors can register their interest in becoming an approved Solent Green Deal supplier by visiting www.solentgreendeal.org.uk


 

[1] Office for Budget Responsibility

 

Press Release, 9 September 2013

Hampshire residents willing to improve energy efficiency but many deterred by initial steps

According to survey results released today by the Solent Green Deal, over 75 per cent of people in Hampshire would like to improve the efficiency of their homes but are deterred by costs or lack of expertise. More than a quarter of local residents say initial investments are too expensive, 12 per cent say it’s too much hassle and 18 per cent say they don’t know how to go about doing it or are worried about finding a reputable contractor.

 

Yet, the benefits of improving home energy efficiency are considerable. Energy improvements, such as wall insulation, double glazing, or biomass boilers can help to increase the value of your property, compared to those which are less efficient. [1] As Hampshire's housing stock contains some of the least efficient buildings in the country, the Solent Green Deal — developed for Hampshire residents by local authorities — is helping people living in the county to make improvements to their homes.

 

As of December 2012, approximately 17 per cent of homes across Hampshire were insulated, according to the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.[2]

 

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) reports that around 7 million homes in the UK have solid walls that need insulating, with only 2 per cent currently insulated. The savings from external or internal wall insulation alone amounts to £500 a year.

 

And that’s just the beginning. Having loft insulation could save up to £175 a year and by replacing a boiler which is more than 15 years old, could save up to £300 a year from energy bills.

 

Well-insulated homes can also help ensure better winter health, especially for older and more vulnerable residents who are more likely than others to spend time at home. The Solent Green Deal offers qualifying Hampshire residents wall insulation and repair or replacement of their boiler at no cost.

 

“The aim of the Solent Green Deal is to help people make energy improvements to their homes in an affordable way, using council approved contractors,” said Alex Parmley, speaking on behalf of the Solent Green Deal.

 

“The scheme offers loans to households to enable them to have improvements such as loft, wall or door insulation, double glazing, smart meters, solar power or biomass boilers. The loan is then repaid back through their energy bills. The savings made from having the work done, should outweigh the cost of the repayments, leaving residents with a warmer, more energy efficient home.

 

“We are currently enjoying some lovely summer months, but work needs to begin now to ensure homes are ready for the colder winter months. All you have to do is contact us on 0800 052 2242 to request an assessment of your home.

 

“A council employee will come round, identify what measures best suit your home and provide quotes for approved suppliers. By using the Green Deal, householders could save up to £800 a year on their energy bills.”

 

Householders can also fill in the Green Deal Wizard on the Solent Green Deal website to find out what improvements they could have in their home and how much they could save on their bills. They can then register their details and request an assessment.

 

The Solent Green Deal comprises Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Winchester City Council and is supported by PUSH - the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire. Other councils throughout Hampshire are likely to join over the coming months.

 

To learn out more, visit www.solentgreendeal.org.uk or call freephone: 0800 052 2242.

 

Contractors can register their interest in becoming an approved Solent Green Deal supplier by visiting www.solentgreendeal.org.uk

 


[1] Department of Energy & Climate Change 

 

Press Release, 14th June 2013

Celebrity energy advocate launches Solent Green Deal

Tommy Walsh, celebrity builder and TV presenter, has officially launched the Solent Green Deal, a joint council initiative, in a bid to help Hampshire households drive down their energy costs.

Households across Hampshire continue to experience year on year increases in energy costs which is eating in to household income. Some of these costs can be avoided in most homes by improving their energy efficiency.

The Solent Green Deal is a local scheme to help people make their homes more energy efficient and save money. It is backed by local council and uses the government’s national Green Deal, which offers loans for residents to make their homes more efficient before repaying them simply through their energy bills.

The Ground Force presenter joined councillors and local residents for the launch which took place at a specially fitted out home at 48 Atlantic Park View in Eastleigh on Friday 14th June.

The house has been transformed into an energy saving experience to showcase in a fun way, how an array of measures can make a big difference to costs, efficiency, warmth and carbon emissions.

As well as giving a speech outlining his support for the scheme and accompanying guests on a tour of the house, he was also on hand to provide top energy saving tips.

Tommy said:  “I am honoured to launch the Solent Green Deal which is a great way for people across Hampshire to get the best out of the Government initiative to make home improvements, increase energy efficiency and ultimately save money.

“There are so many things people can do to reduce the cost of their bills and keep their homes warmer such as draught proofing, replacing light bulbs and half filling the kettle. I want to raise awareness of the Green Deal so everyone can benefit and it’s great that Hampshire have launched their own scheme to make it easier for people to get involved.”

The aim of the Solent Green Deal is to remove the barriers to people making energy improvements to their homes. Participating councils act as an initial point of contact for householders to enable them to find out more about energy improvements and arrange for a council employed accredited assessor to carry out an assessment of their home.

By going with the Council backed Solent Green Deal, residents can be assured that they will be offered impartial advice on how they can improve their home and there is no danger of being recommended improvements they do not need. In addition, Solent Green Deal will explain the range of funding options open to residents, not just the Green Deal financing.

The assessment will identify what measures best suit homes and provide quotes for approved providers, who will then appoint local contractors to fit improvements such as loft, wall or door insulation, efficient boilers, double glazing, solar power or biomass boilers.

The energy saving experience at Atlantic Park View is now open for everybody to visit and exhibits demonstration models, touchscreen panels, and a fun electricity-generating exercise bike.

Advisors will be on hand to discuss how Hampshire residents can become more energy efficient.

Visitors will be able to take away free temperature gauges, fridge notepads, bookmarks and colouring packs for children. Opening times will be available on the website. Separate appointments can also be made for school visits.

The Solent Green Deal comprises Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council, and is supported by PUSH - the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire. Other councils throughout Hampshire are likely to join over the coming months.

By using the Green Deal, householders could save up to £800 a year. For example, having loft insulation could save people up to £175 a year, internal or external solid wall insulation could save up to £500 a year and by replacing a boiler which is more than 15 years old, could save up to £300 a year from energy bills.

Alex Parmley, speaking on behalf of the Solent Green Deal, said: “This is a really exciting moment which will show how, at a time when energy prices are constantly rising, bills can be brought under control in an affordable and hassle-free way.

“We’ll remove the concerns of having an unknown company coming in to their home as well as provide a council assessor and trustworthy quotes from local installers. We’re not a private company so they can rest assured we will always be acting with their individual interests at heart.

“People will feel the difference in their warmer homes and see it in their reduced energy bills though the impartial service the Solent Green Deal has to offer.”

The Green Deal involves no upfront spending by households as the costs are paid over a maximum of 25 years through energy bills. The expected energy savings must outweigh the cost of any improvements for the loan to be given.

First, householders are recommended to fill in the Green Deal Wizard to find out what improvements they could have in their home and how much they could save on their energy bills. They can then register their details and request an assessment.

People who sign up early to the Solent Green Deal could be in with a chance of receiving a discount amounting to cashback of up to £1,000. People on benefits or low incomes could be eligible to have the work done free of charge, as could those in properties with solid walls or narrow cavities.

To find out more visit www.solentgreendeal.org.uk or call freephone: 0800 052 2242

Contractors can register their interest in becoming an approved Solent Green Deal supplier by visiting www.solentgreendeal.org.uk

 

The News, 14th May 2013

Solent Green Deal offers hands on experience to Highbury College students

Students at Highbury College in Portsmouth have been given a chance to have hands on construction experience thanks to a new partnership between the college and the Solent Green Deal.

The Solent Green Deal is a local scheme to help people in Hampshire make the best use of the government’s national Green Deal, which offers loans for residents to make their homes more efficient before repaying them simply through their energy bills.

The scheme has supplied the college with a house to enable students to have hands on experience carrying out efficiency improvements to the home in Selbourne Terrace. The work includes solid wall insulation displays and rainwater harvesting.

The students, who are undertaking construction courses at Highbury College, are also completely redecorating the property, which will be used for exhibitions, courses and workshops on energy efficiency.

Robert Higgins, Head of Department Construction and Multi Crafts, said: “The Solent Green Deal has given our students the ideal training experience. They are really benefitting from this real life hands on opportunity to develop and solidify their skills, while also learning about energy efficiency and the Green Deal.

“For example, the students have created a demonstration of cavity wall insulation in the house, so visitors can see what it consists of. They have done this by knocking through an external wall and installing a glass viewing panel.”

The Solent Green Deal, which will be officially launch this summer, comprises Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, and supported by PUSH - the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire. Other councils throughout Hampshire are likely to join over the coming months.

The aim of the Solent Green Deal is to remove the barriers to people making energy improvements to their homes. Participating councils act as an initial point of contact for householders to enable them to find out more about energy improvements and arrange for a council employee to carry out an assessment of their home.

Alex Parmley, speaking on behalf of the Solent Green Deal, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the students somewhere to practise their skills, while also redecorating a house and enabling the students and the public to see the benefits of having installation work and energy improvements done.

“By using the Green Deal, householders could save up to £800 a year on their energy bills. The initial assessment will identify what measures best suit their home and provide quotes for approved suppliers, who will then appoint local contractors to fit improvements such as loft, wall or door insulation, double glazing, smart meters, solar power or biomass boilers.”

The Green Deal involves no upfront spending by households as the costs are paid over a maximum of 25 years through energy bills. The expected energy savings must outweigh the cost of any improvements for the loan to be given.

First, homeowners are recommended to fill in the Green Deal Wizard to find out what improvements they could have in their home and how much they could save on their energy bills. They can then register their details and request an assessment.

Councillor Rob Wood, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Education, said: “The Solent Green Deal is a great initiative and it’s fantastic that Portsmouth City Council and Highbury College have been able to link up to raise awareness of the scheme, educate people on how insulation work can improve their home, while enabling young people to develop their skills in a practical and beneficial environment.”

To find out more visit www.solentgreendeal.org.uk or call freephone: 0800 052 2242

Contractors can register their interest in becoming an approved Solent Green Deal supplier by visiting www.solentgreendeal.org.uk