Birmingham Energy Savers
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Council Partnership Aims to Save You Money
Thanks to a landmark Birmingham City Council partnership with Carillion Energy Services, the people of Birmingham can now make energy efficient improvements to homes and business premises, which may reduce their energy bills.
Since its official launch last February, Birmingham Energy Savers has been carrying out energy assessments and making improvements across the city – in flats, homes, tower blocks and even schools and offices – replacing old boilers, providing loft and wall insulation, double glazing and draught proofing.
There are great savings to be made: over the course of a year, insulating a loft could save up to £180, replacing a boiler could reduce heating bills by £310 while internal and external wall insulation could cut fuel bills by nearly £500. (Source: The Energy Savings Trust) .
Birmingham Energy Savers, also known as BES, is continuing to offer assessments as part of The Green Deal, a government initiative which supports this move towards energy efficiency and help reduce carbon emissions, as the short Green Deal Explained video shows, in English, Bengali, Somali, Urdu and Punjabi.
The process begins by booking an assessment with a Green Deal-approved assessor. There is no obligation to commit to anything at this stage. The assessor will recommend the most appropriate improvements to make the property easier and cheaper to heat and more energy efficient.
The BES team will then organise a technical survey to provide a full and accurate quote. It will also explain whether the customer is eligible for the Green Deal Plan or any other financial assistance to help pay for the improvements. Customers are still under no obligation.
For those who are happy to proceed with the improvements, BES will write up the Plan, arrange when the work can be done and the costs repaid. This can be done upfront all at once or over time in small instalments through their electricity bills, which will include a fixed rate interest charge.
Once the improvements have been made, customers will have the potential to make those great savings and enjoy a warmer place, like Mr and Mrs Collins, the Northfield residents who became the first in the city to sign up to a Green Deal plan.
He said: “Our house is not energy efficient and rising energy bills encouraged us to sign up for a Green Deal. Most of the work being done is being paid for by the savings being made, so really it isn’t costing us anything. We are breaking the habit of a lifetime here in taking a loan, but considering what we are getting back, financially, having a warmer place to live and being more energy efficient, we think having a Green Deal is worth it.”
The new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund offers homeowners the opportunity to claim up to £7,600 cashback for energy improvements to their homes. Homeowners can claim cashback up to £1,000 by installing two improvements from a selection of measures, including cavity wall insulation and double glazing. If you choose to opt for solid wall insulation you can claim back up to 75% of the cost, to a maximum £6,000. This scheme is also offering a refund of up to £100 for the Green Deal Assessment Report, and if you have purchased your home within the last 12 months, you can claim an additional bonus of up to £500 simply for being a new homeowner!
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund allows a variety of ways to pay for your home improvements, you can either pay from your savings, or through small instalments on your electricity bill (a fixed interest rate will be charged), yet you can still claim cashback even if you pay upfront. This is a fantastic opportunity to carry out energy and cost saving measures to your home, whilst claiming up to £7,600.
For more information or to book an assessment,
call 0800 917 5772 or email BirminghamEnergySavers@carillionplc.com and quote ‘BCCWeb’
Further details about BES, including its commitment to job creation and business growth, are available on www.BirminghamEnergySavers.co.uk
You can get independent and impartial advice about the Green Deal on 0300 123 1234 or www.gov.uk/greendeal
Mr Collins (centre) with (left to right) Chris Hall, Account Director of BES, John Jago, Managing Director of Carillion Domestic Energy Services, Stephen Hughes, Previous Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council and Mumtaz Mohammed, BES Programme Manager at Birmingham City Council
Last Updated :11th June 2014