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  1. DECC have issued an update in the last week to...

    DECC have issued an update in the last week to say that anyone using Green Deal to help pay for solar pv will be able to claim the feed-in-tariff. However, when calculating how much can be financed...
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    I notice in the comments on the dm piece that the...

    I notice in the comments on the dm piece that the panels are more likely to be solar thermal rather than pv, which would seem more likely. It would make them greener, but 4 pv panels might have been...
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    I also noticed that jjlandlord. On a nice and...

    I also noticed that jjlandlord. On a nice and bright day like this a decent solar pv set up would power all the electrical needs of the average house, with plenty exported to the national grid. Even...
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    Yes I think anyone doing a large refurb on GD...

    Yes I think anyone doing a large refurb on GD just before placing it on the market is just asking for it to be used against him in bargaining terms. If this happens then it will be because the person...
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    Hi midlands landlord. Sorry I missed this post...

    Hi midlands landlord. Sorry I missed this post when you put it up, and you make some very good points.

    The EPC evaluation process takes no consideration as to how well a feature is operating, it's...
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    Not left the building, just watching. Had gotten...

    Not left the building, just watching. Had gotten a little tired of repeating myself, am sure you all were getting bored of me also.

    In response to Grrr's main point I would point out that there...
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    I am particularly interested to know how they...

    I am particularly interested to know how they perform in the coldest part of the year, when you need them most. The manufacturers are claiming that they work down to -35!
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    Thanks for that, on an EPC, they won't be...

    Thanks for that, on an EPC, they won't be recommended as an alternative heating system where mains gas is available, unless savings of £10 per year or more are estimated, when compared with a modern...
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    And you don't mind people making money, but that...

    And you don't mind people making money, but that kind of thing is not for you. Well you've convinced me, I'm taking my panels down tomorrow.
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    Bit evasive there jjlandlord, explain please how...

    Bit evasive there jjlandlord, explain please how me reducing my electricity consumption by a third does not fit in with "the common good"?
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    Which other ways of investing in renewables are...

    Which other ways of investing in renewables are you talking about? Are these available to you as an individual? Or are you talking about investment at government level? If so, then thats an...
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    The feed-in-tariffs are legal contracts, the...

    The feed-in-tariffs are legal contracts, the government can't get out of paying them. The tariffs that are available now are nowhere near as good as the previous tariffs. But as the cost of...
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    hi hech123, its good to hear alternative views, ...

    hi hech123, its good to hear alternative views, as it helps me to understand the reasons why people dont embrace schemes like the green deal and the feed-in-tariff support scheme fir renewables. In...
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    Berlingogirl - Its a very good question. I would...

    Berlingogirl - Its a very good question. I would think that the advisor should satisfy themselves that the person they are dealing with, is who they say they are, and then record whatever proof of...
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    Thanks for that. Were they installed in place of...

    Thanks for that. Were they installed in place of gas boilers do you know?
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    JK0 - the RdSAP methodology is a tool that is...

    JK0 - the RdSAP methodology is a tool that is being continually developed, its certainly not perfect at the moment. Assessors may/should remove recommendations that are clearly inappropriate, however...
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    An amount of cynicism is a healthy thing. As...

    An amount of cynicism is a healthy thing. As stated elsewhere, its the job of interested parties to persuade you of the benefits. I would point out that the repayments aren't "buried" in the leccy...
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    Yes Snorkerz, there are changes to this structure...

    Yes Snorkerz, there are changes to this structure in 2016, so landlords won't be able to refuse reasonable requests for improvements that are specified on the EPC. And in 2018, any properties rated F...
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    Hi Boletus, yes there will be, tenants can not...

    Hi Boletus, yes there will be, tenants can not currently force a landlord to have a Green Deal measure. The landlord must give express written permission at the start of the process.

    Whilst I...
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    JJlandlord - yes it is a financing mechanism, but...

    JJlandlord - yes it is a financing mechanism, but its different in a couple of key ways. Firstly, whilst there will still be a credit check on the individual who takes out the Green Deal, the...
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    Green Deal experiences

    The Green Deal is the governments new initiative to help us tackle the improvements needed to our draughty housing stock. The eligible improvements range from insulation measures to solar panels, and...
  22. By 'complex' I mean its done by people who are...

    By 'complex' I mean its done by people who are much more intelligent than me, and if I tried to explain it to you, I probably wouldn't do it justice. I suggest if you need to fully understand how all...
  23. In this instance you have explained to tenant...

    In this instance you have explained to tenant that his energy consumption will now be so low that his bills should reduce by £60 a month, making him £10 a month better off? Of course, as business...
  24. I should also mention that the repayments you...

    I should also mention that the repayments you would make on the loan would have to be lower than the estimated savings you should make from any measures installed - its called the "Golden Rule". So...
  25. Hi Sarah, I would consider getting a Green...

    Hi Sarah,

    I would consider getting a Green Deal assessment conducted on the property. Your landlord won't have heard of this before as it is a government initiative that has only just been...
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