3. Get an assessment

The government has stopped funding the Green Deal Finance Company, which was set up to lend money to Green Deal providers. Find out how this affects you.

You must get an assessment of your property to use the Green Deal. Contact a Green Deal assessor or ask a Green Deal provider to find an assessor for you.

You may have to pay for an assessment. The assessor must tell you the fee in advance.

What to expect from an assessment

A Green Deal assessor will visit your home, talk to you about your property and your energy use and help decide if you could benefit from Green Deal improvements.

When you book

You may be asked if:

  • you own or rent the property
  • your home is a listed building, in a conservation area, built before 1900 or constructed in a non-traditional way
  • there are access issues, eg access to your loft
  • you can provide bills showing your recent energy use

When the assessor visits

You may be asked:

  • the number of people living in your home
  • the type of heating and appliances you use
  • how often you use your heating
  • what energy-saving measures are already installed

After the visit

You’ll get a document, called a Green Deal advice report, that contains:

  • an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that rates your home for energy efficiency
  • an occupancy assessment that measures how much energy you and other occupiers are using
  • improvements your assessor recommends
  • an estimate of the money you could save on your annual energy bills
  • a statement on whether the improvements will pay for themselves through reduced energy costs

A Green Deal advice report is valid for 10 years, or until you make changes or energy saving improvements to the property, eg you build an extension or change the windows.

The actual savings will depend on how much energy you use and the future cost of energy.

What to do next

You decide: