A number of top DIY retailers are continuing to engage in discussions to determine ways in which they can best cash in on the Government’s forthcoming Green Deal scheme.
The likes of Homebase, Wickes and B&Q have opened talks with the Government to establish strategies which include giving homeowners the opportunity to form buying groups to get discounts on environmentally friendly home improvements, as well as free vouchers to spend in stores and even tax breaks.
The coalition’s revolutionary Green Deal will be launched next year, and already trials have started to be rolled out. Over the weekend B&Q teamed up with authorities in south-west London to launch a trial which offers homeowners the opportunity to bulk-buy loft and cavity wall insulation. Discounts of up to 25% are available, if five homeowners band together and approach the retailer.
While Homebase will begin its own trials in the north of England later this year, another B&Q trial which launches later this month hopes to tackle the issue relating to cluttered lofts and insulation work, and will see a subsidised service available to clear lofts and replace belongings upon completion of loft insulation.
These schemes will hopefully be a useful tool when it comes to promoting the Coalition initiative to cut carbon emissions by making homes more energy-efficient.