London, United Kingdom, June 29, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Estimates suggest that a total of £8.5 million was issued through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund during the first two weeks of the initiative.
Furthermore, at least 2,821 applications were made to the scheme between its launch on 9th June and a preliminary release of data on June 25th.
Kevin Burke, representative of 247 Home Rescue - a firm which provides boiler breakdown cover, appliance cover and home emergency cover - said:
"The cost of energy efficient home improvements can be prohibitively high, and although insulation, boiler replacements and similar renovations and refurbishments can save people money in the long-term and short-term, many Brits cannot afford to pay the initial investment.
"Although the economy may be picking up, times are still very hard, wallets are tight, and people all over the country are feeling the pinch. Fuel poverty is an intense problem, and many people will again face a choice between heating and eating when the temperature drops in a few months time.
"Initiatives such as the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund therefore provide many people with what may be their only opportunity to afford essential energy efficiency measures, ensure their home is warm and comfortable in all weather conditions, and save money on their gas and electricity bill for decades.
"If you are struggling with the cost of energy, take advantage of the scheme today!"
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund offers grants of up to £7,600, which can be used to pay for the cost of Green Deal Assessments, solid wall insulation, loft insulation, boiler replacements and other energy efficiency measures.
Notes for editors
247 Home Rescue - http://247homerescue.co.uk - provides boiler, appliance and home emergency cover to households from across the UK. Their Twitter account is https://twitter.com/247homerescue.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is administered through the Energy Saving Advice Service.