Trading Standards is warning residents to be alert for doorstep fraudsters offering “Green Deals”.
The Government’s Green Deal lets homes and businesses pay for energy efficiency improvements, like insulation or a new heating system, through savings on their energy bills.
Caerphilly Trading Standards has been made aware of fraudsters knocking on peoples doors claiming that homeowners are entitled to £10,000 of funding for home improvements and that the improvements will be free. They then ask for an “administration fee” to undertake various tasks on behalf of the householder.
Green Deal Approved quality mark
The Green Deal can only be delivered through government contracted assessors and providers identifiable by a unique government allocated number. Consumers are advised to look out for the Green Deal Approved quality mark. Only Green Deal Assessors, Providers and Installers can use it. This shows they meet Green Deal standards and are authorised to operate under the Green Deal.
Consumers taking out a Green Deal will need to have a Green Deal assessment. A Green Deal assessor will visit your home, talk to you about your property and your energy use and help decide if you could benefit from Green Deal improvements.
For more information any queries you have about the Green Deal, we advise consumers to get help or free impartial advice, by calling the Energy Saving Advice Service (England , Scotland and Wales) on 0300 123 1234 or visit the website.
For further information visit the Caerphilly Trading Standards website. Please note that Action Fraud is not responsible for the content of external websites. To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.