He believes Government policies like the Green Deal – an initiative to encourage homeowners to invest in energy-efficient home improvements with little or no up-front costs – will kick-start a retro-fit revolution and save homeowners hundreds of pounds on their bills.
Mr Barker said the country faces a ‘massive dilemma’ because of rising bills which will put an estimated nine million UK homes into fuel poverty by 2016.
Caption: pictured left to right Simon Allan, Plumb Center's Head of Sustainability, Tim Pollard, Plumb Center's Managing Director, Keith Jones and Greg Barker, pictured outside Plumb Center's Sustainable Building Center in Leamington.
Due to launch this month, the Green Deal’s ambition is to cut carbon emissions by 34%, and make it affordable for people to install a range of products to make their homes more efficient, and save money on their bills.
Plumb Center, the UK’s leading plumbers’ merchants, is an approved Green Deal provider, and it’s keen to help people understand how to benefit from the scheme.
“Bringing down energy prices and reducing carbon emissions is vital in today’s tough economic climate,” said Simon Allan, Plumb Center’s Renewables Director. "Initiatives like the Green Deal can make this happen but installers and homeowners need to understand how.
“At Plumb Center we’ve launched a website (www.gogreendeal.co.uk) and we’re investing in training and IT systems, to help inform our customers on the best ways they can benefit from the Green Deal.”
For more information on becoming a Green Deal Advisor, call Plumb Center’s training hotline on 0845 2871970.