Renewable energy is important to the world’s energy security and is now an essential part of energy conservation programs run by several countries across the world. Scotland leads the charge internationally when it comes to having abundant green energy sources maintained by nature itself and efficiently using them.
Every consumer who wants to enter a Green Deal plan needs to go through the Green Deal assessment process carried out by an authorized assessor. Once you are a member of a renewable energy scheme, you can save lots of energy and significantly reduce your overall energy bills.
However, it is important that you find a reliable provider of modern energy efficiency solutions!
Here are some frequently asked questions accompanied by answers by experts:
What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is viable energy derived from natural sources that are able to replenish themselves from time to time. These sources are basically infinite of which there is always a regular supply. They are available in abundance almost everywhere in one form or the other, causing very little if any ecological damage. Sun energy, thermal power and wind energy are some examples of renewable energy sources.
How Does Renewable Energy Work?
Solar energy is the most commonly used form of renewable energy. The energy or heat obtained from the sun is used to heat air and water for residential and industrial use. Another common and highly effective way of using sunlight for heating or for producing electricity is the use photovoltaic panels, which absorb the sun’s heat and help convert it into usable energy form.
Electricity produced through solar panels is capable of powering almost all electrical appliances and gadgets within a home. The solar energy can also be changed into heat with help of solar thermal panels.
How to Enter the Green Deal Plan?
The very first step of getting into a Green Deal plan is the Green Deal assessment process. During the assessment phase, you need an authorized assessor to visit your place, evaluate your energy use, and find out which energy-efficiency measures can be used in your home. Your assessor will prepare a report recommending energy-efficiency improvements that are suitable for your property.
What Benefits Does Green Deal Have for You?
As a homeowner, the Green Deal allows you to make the most appropriate energy-efficiency improvements within your home. Cost-effective techniques like solar panels and heat pumps help you capture lots of natural energy and use it in the form of heat and electricity.
You can also replace single glazed windows that often cause the heat to leak with double or triple glazing. This helps keep the interiors warmer and diminish the outside noise. Loft insulation is another smart improvement that keeps heat inside for a longer period of time by preventing it from leaking into or through your loft.
How Can Green Energy Scotland Help with Green Deal Assessment?
When you want to enter the Green Deal Plan, we will undertake all your work strictly following the guidelines mentioned in the code of practice. We will make sure our advisors also adhere to the terms and conditions supervised by the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body. There will be no exceptions to well established rules in this regard.
Our assessors help you out with Green Deal Assessment by:
- Producing a Green Deal advice report made up of an EPC and Occupancy Assessment. The report evaluates your property’s energy efficiency and how you use energy in your home.
- Asking questions about which energy-efficient measures are already installed or whether your home is built in a non-traditional way.
- Completing the assessment process in time, so that you can take the report to your Green Deal provider and discuss what will be most suitable for your property
What Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
You need Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when a property is built, sold or rented in Scotland. EPCs are ordered for potential tenants and buyers before a property is marketed for sale or rent. In Scotland, the property owner has to display the EPC in either the meter or somewhere else within the property.
An Energy Performance Certificate contains:
- information about the energy use and typical energy costs of a property
- recommendations about which energy-efficiency measures can be used to reduce energy use
What is ECO Scheme and Benefits?
Short for Energy Company Obligation, ECO works together with the Green Deal scheme to help people throughout the UK in making energy-efficiency improvements in their residential properties and businesses.
The scheme involves big energy suppliers that are obliged to help homeowners with appropriate improvement measures, including:
- Low-income households
- Properties that may not benefit from savings made through the Green Deal
- Homes located in low-income areas
For more information on ECO Scheme, visit our dedicated ECO Scheme web page http://greenenergyscotland.com/eco/
What is Boiler Replacement Scheme?
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is divided into three types of funds, including Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO), Carbon Saving Communities Obligation (CSCO) and Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO).
These three types of funding branches provide money for different improvement measures to specific groups across the country. The boiler replacement scheme is funded by ECO HHCRO.
The fund aims at tackling fuel poverty in Scotland and the United Kingdom.