Green Deal scheme is launched today

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A FLAGSHIP government scheme aimed at making homes more energy efficient goes live today, amid claims that hundreds more households than thought have signed up for assessments.

Ministers said the Green Deal would bring about a revolution in energy efficiency – and provide a much-needed boost to the economy.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change said information from suppliers suggested hundreds of households have been assessed for the Green Deal. Reports had earlier suggested just five assessments had been carried out ahead of today’s launch, which will see government-backed loans available for energy efficiency work made available for the first time.