Only 623 homes have completed an energy-efficient makeover under the UK government’s Green Deal programme, suggesting the initiative is not delivering according to expectations.
Launched in January 2013, the Green Deal programme provides loans to households to install thermal insulation, more efficient boilers or solar panels in order to cut energy consumption and reduce bills. The home-owners start paying the money back after completing the overhauls, with most of it expected to be covered from what they save for energy.
However, newly released data has revealed that while just 623 homes have completed the installations, only 1,612 are in the process of the makeover.
"This latest set of figures, coming a year since the policy launched, should come as a wake-up call to government that the Green Deal is not delivering in its current form,” said Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).
"Government must recognise energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority and be prepared to delve into its purse to make its flagship policy more appealing through stronger incentives and more attractive finance options."
Almost 130,000 homes had been assessed since last January with a view to signing up to the scheme. The number of assessments carried out each month peaked in October and fell month on month in November and December.
The figures also show that, up to November, almost 400,000 homes had benefited from measures such as new boilers and cavity and loft insulation under the 'ECO' scheme, which requires energy companies to provide energy efficiency measures to low-income and vulnerable customers and those in "hard to treat" homes