Details have been announced of the new 'pay as you save' scheme that will allow households to get a free 'green makeover' from an 'energy doctor' at their local supermarket. The 'energy doctor' will assess where homes are leaking from and after this 'energy audit is completed, a plan will be drawn up making recommendations for measures to be take up to a cost of £10,000.
However rather than having to foot the bill or get into debt, householders will be able to pay off the costs once they start making saving on their energy bills. The new scheme is part of a whole new package from the coalition government that aims to make Britain's homes more energy efficient.
The package also includes plans to have smart meters installed in nearly every home by 2016 as opposed to the 2020 deadline the previous government proposes, a change to fuel bills that will tell people the cost of the average bill in an attempt to encourage them to cut down on usage and payments to households that install wind turbines or solar panels that feed energy back into the national grid.
The government aims to cut CO2 emissions by 80 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050 and to achieve this, anywhere between 400,000 and 1.8 million homes per year will have to be upgraded at a cost of anywhere between £5 and £15 billion.
The 'pay as you save' scheme is set to be a boost to the double glazing industry as well as households wanting to save on their energy bills. Double glazing is an essential part of making a home energy efficient and is likely to be a recommendation on a lot of energy doctor's plans.