Today, running your business is about much more than just being the best in your industry or sector. Being able to engage your customers, staff or stakeholders takes a lot more than a solid business plan and impressive portfolio. Having an environmental policy is just as important; not only will it help you stand out from your competitors but having a green approach to business will help you make huge cost savings.
If you have been thinking of ways to update your approach, a new government legislation called the Green Deal has been put in place to help both homeowners and business owners make energy-saving improvements in their properties or premises.
What is The Green Deal?
The Green Deal is government legislation which helps both home and businesses reduce their carbon footprint. By reducing energy consumption in private and commercial buildings everywhere, we not only help the UK meet its targets for carbon reduction, but we can also help homeowners and business owners make huge cost savings each year.
The Green Deal covers any environmentally-friendly changes to your home or business premises, including the following:
Insulation (solid walls or loft insulation)
- Heating (such as heat pumps)
- Double glazing or draught-proofing
- Renewable energy and solar energy
The payment for these changes to be installed will be taken out of the energy savings you make over time, so there will be no upfront payment. If you would like to be a part of the Green Deal, choose a Green Deal approved provider (such as Mark Group) and start your assessment.
How Does Assessment Work?
The first step is to get assessed and this can be done by any Green Deal approved assessor. An assessor will be able to determine whether low energy changes such as cavity wall insulation, heat pumps or solar panels could make a difference to your premises.
After identifying the best ways of improving energy efficiency in your business premises, a green assessor will provide you with the best advice to move forward in the most cost-effective way.
A Green Deal provider will be able provide you’re a Green Deal plan and you will pay back the costs of improvements over time with the savings you make on your energy bill. Without the burden of the lump sum forward payment, businesses can protect their cashflow whilst making a fantastic investment for a better, greener future.
The Green Deal provides businesses with a new way of financing, one that is much more flexible and beneficial than a standard loan. If you want to save money and make your business more energy efficient, apply for an assessment today.
Read more about the UK Government’s carbon plan on the Gov.uk website.
It’s great that the Green Deal scheme is back, though for a limited time. It’s key to get your assessment booked-in first thing – as there’ll likely be a rush of people trying to get green deal. If you’re in the North West, then STL Heating’s Green Deal team will be able to help you – so don’t miss out !