Save Money On Energy Bills - Public Meeting

The Government's Green Deal explained for Wandsworth residents

A Public Meeting organised by the Wandsworth Environment Forum (WEF)

Date: Thursday, 3 November 2011, 7pm

Venue: Wandsworth Council Chamber (Wandsworth High Street, SW18)

Speakers: Justine Greening, MP for Putney and John Alker, Director of Policy, Green Building Council

The Proposition
Home energy  bills are set soar in the autumn. We are all facing higher quarterly gas and electricity bills. Currently, we waste some £3 billion a year on unnecessary energy use. The Government wants to encourage all householders – home owners and tenants -- to improve the thermal efficiency of their homes. Next year the Government will launch its Green Deal. The aims are ambitious. Businesses will be able to become Green Deal Providers. They will arrange for Accredited Advisors to visit your home by invitation, recommend what energy saving measures could be installed, cost them, and – if you agree – arrange their installation free of any upfront charge. A Golden Rule must be followed whereby no householder has to put the necessary capital up. Instead the only energy saving measures installed will cost (in interest and repayment terms) less than the estimated savings on our quarterly energy bills. The prize is a transformation of the country’s housing stock in ways that will make it more energy efficient; save all of us money in the long term; and make a big contribution to cutting the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions that are helping cause climate change.

  • How will all this work in practice?
  • What will we householders need to do in order to take advantage of the Green Deal?
  • When will it start?
  • Are there any pitfalls?
Justine Greening  MP, Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Putney, will explain the Green Deal
John Alker will provide an independent assessment of the Government’s plans
A Question and Answer Discussion will follow. Councillor Jonathan Cook, Deputy Leader of Wandsworth Council and the Cabinet Member responsible for Environment, Culture & Community Safety, is joining the Panel in order to tell us how the Council will be able to play its part in this process.

October 22, 2011