In response to today’s launch of the Green Deal scheme, Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said:
“Rising energy prices are one of consumers’ top financial concerns so we support measures to make homes more energy efficient and save people money on their bills but we want to make sure consumers are aware of all the pros and cons before taking out financing through the Green Deal.
“The Green Deal might work for some people but, as with any financial product, whether it’s a good deal for you will depend upon your personal and financial circumstances. Overall, people should tread carefully, check the small print and shop around.”
- We have already issued a checklist to advise consumers on what to look out for during assessments and urge people to enter Green Deals with their eyes open.
- The Government must ensure that consumers can have confidence they are getting value for money, and can make an informed choice, by providing them with clear and comparable quotes.
- Which? and a recent OFT investigation has found evidence of poor quality work and high pressure sales techniques in the energy efficiency sector. The Government must live up to its promise to protect consumers from any dodgy sales under the Green Deal. We will be watching closely for any signs of bad practices, which must be stamped out as quickly as possible.