What is the Green Deal?

The Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund - or GDHIF which forms part of that initiative is a government backed scheme offering people in both England, Wales and Scotland incentives to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Under the terms of the scheme each household could receive thousands of pounds in support funding to cover a range of energy efficient improvements.

The Golden Rule

Green Deal finance will only be available depending on the energy saving improvement you would like to make to your home and the amount of finance you require to do this meets the 'Golden Rule'. This states that the repayments on the finance should not be greater than the predicted savings the improvement makes to your household energy bills. This means that a Green Deal customer should not be out of pocket for the improvements and have a warmer, more energy efficient home.

Green Deal Measures

There are currently 45 improvements, or measures that qualify for Green Deal finance and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) listed below. They are all energy saving improvements and include measures for both domestic and non-domestic properties (e.g. businesses premises or community buildings).


The Measures
Air Source Heat Pumps Biomass Boilers
Biomass Heating (room heaters / biomass system with radiators) Cavity Wall Insulation
Cavity Wall Insulation (hard-to-treat) Chillers (i.e. water chillers in business premises)*
Cylinder Thermostats Draught Proofing
Duct Insulation* Energy Efficient Hot Water Showers*
Energy Efficient Hot Water Systems Energy Efficient Hot Water Taps*
External Wall Insulation Fan-assisted Replacement Storage Heaters
Flue Gas Heat Recovery Devices Gas-fired Condensing Boilers
Ground Source Heat Pumps Heating Controls
Heating ventilation and air-conditioning controls (including zoning controls)* High performance external doors
Hot water controls (including timers and temperature control)* Hot water cylinder insulation
Internal wall insulation Lighting systems, fittings and controls
Loft, loft hatch and loft rafter insulation Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
Micro combined heat and power Micro wind generation
Oil-fired condensing boilers Pipe-work insulation*
Radiant heating* Replacement glazing
Roof insulation Room in roof insulation
Sealing improvements (including duct sealing)* Secondary glazing
Solar blinds, shutters and shading devices* Solar photovoltaics
Solar water heating Transpired solar collectors*
Under-floor heating Under-floor insulation
Variable speed drives for fans and pumps* Warm-air units
Waste water heat recovery devices attached to showers Water source heat pumps

Government Quick Guides...

How the Green Deal and Feed-in Tariffs work together (PDF)
What to Expect from your Green Deal Assessment (PDF)
FAQ's Genuine Green Deal Authorised Traders(PDF)
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive - RHI (PDF)
Consumer Complaints (gov.uk)
Consumer Complaints (PDF)