Get the real green deal with business boost by saving energy
Households will be
offered loans to upgrade boilers
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
Firms and tradespeople are poised for a business boost from a
campaign to improve the energy efficiency of homes countywide.
The government's "green deal" offers loans to householders for a
wide range of work - such as upgrading old boilers, lagging lofts
Loan repayments must be offset by the amount of energy
With energy bills soaring, any scheme that could save money is
expected to win widespread support - and organisers hope businesses
will take full advantage of the new opportunities.
The Energy Saving Trust, a social enterprise with charitable
status, is working with the Kent and Medway Green Partnership to
stage free workshops to tell businesses how to gear up for the
project and become accredited Green Deal installers.
The trust's Ian Hutchcroft said: "With
energy bills rising, people are already more interested in making
their homes warmer and cheaper to heat. With government initiatives
such as the Green Deal, people will be able to access funding to
have energy efficiency work done to their homes and start saving
from day one."
David Brazier, Kent County Council's deputy cabinet member for
environment, highways and waste (pictured left), said: "The Green
Deal is a fantastic opportunity for Kent, one which I'm hoping the
county will grab with both hands.
"There are huge potential commercial benefits for all sorts of
businesses and tradespeople in Kent, from plumbers to electricians,
environmental consultancies to insulation providers.
"I would encourage them to come along to the events and find out
how exactly the Green Deal can benefit them."
Graham Harris, managing director of Dartford council, chairs the
Kent and Medway Green Deal Partnership.
He said: "The Green Deal could be a great opportunity for local
businesses and we want to help local SMEs take full advantage of
this new business potential."
Workshops are being held on Tuesday, December 4 at SusCon,
Brunel Way, The Bridge, Dartford; Wednesday, December 5 at St
Mary's Church, Ashford; and Wednesday, December 12 at East Kent
College, Broadstairs. Each lasts from 8am to 2pm.
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