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The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) says the forthcoming Green Deal is a great opportunity for consumers to reduce their energy bills. The scheme, which officially launches on Monday (28 January), offers a new type of loan to help homeowners make a range of energy efficient improvements to their home, usually at no up-front cost.

The Green Deal has been billed as ‘the biggest building refurbishment project in Britain since WWII’. Paul Reeve, Head of Business Policy and Practice at the ECA, says consumers should take advantage of this new and modern, energy saving scheme. He says: “We all expect energy prices to rise in the coming years. The Green Deal gives homeowners the opportunity to reduce their household energy use and lower bills, without the initial cost of installing energy saving measures.”

Currently, there are 45 ‘active’ and ‘passive’ energy saving improvements included in the scheme. Active measures, such as lighting, reduce the amount of energy you use, whereas passive measures, such as insulation, prevent heat from being wasted.

Reeve concludes: “The ECA recently commissioned a YouGov survey which found that a staggering 98 per cent of Britons do not fully understand the Green Deal. A good first port-of-call to find out about day-to-day home energy use is a good quality local electrician and in particular, electricians who are approved Green Deal Assessors or Installers. These professionals are well-placed to help homeowners find out what they need to do to regain control of their energy bill.”

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About The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA)
The ECA is the UK’s largest trade association representing electrical engineering and contracting companies. The electrical contracting industry employs 350,000 operatives and 6,000 apprentices. Our 3,000 members range from local electricians to national companies with several branches employing thousands. Our members carry out a range of work, from domestic heating and lighting to installing renewables such as PV, to cutting edge temperature control technology.

All ECA members are covered by the ECA Guarantee of Work Scheme (, and are listed on the national Electrical Safety Register (

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