Green Deal or No Deal?

Bruno Girin

Bruno Girin

Feb. 18, 2013

I live in a mid-terrace house that was built early in the 20th Century using solid brick construction. It's one of those typical suburban houses with nice bay windows and a small gas fireplace in the lounge, the sort you find all over the UK. Like most houses of this type, it is draughty, badly insulated and very inefficient in its energy use. I am starting a project to fix that and I would like to have the primary improvement works done under the Green Deal.

The Green Deal is a new initiative by the UK government that became effective at the end of January and that aims to reduce the number of buildings that require high energy spendings in order to operate. It is designed so that it can benefit landlords and tenants alike, as well as owner occupiers. The primary way in which it does this is through easy financing that is linked to the property rather than the owner or occupier: the idea is that once the works are done, the energy bills of the property will go down. So the loan that finances the project is repaid against savings on the electricity bill. If the property is sold, the remainder of the loan is sold with it and keeps being applied to the electricity bills of that property. This has a number of advantages for tenants and landlords:

  • An initial survey of the property is done by an accredited assessor who will identify what are the most cost effective measures for that property based on its characteristics and the way the people live in it,
  • There is no upfront cost apart from the cost of the initial assessment,
  • As the loan is made against the property rather than a person, there are no credit checks, which makes the finance and the whole scheme much more accessible to people who typically find it difficult to obtain credit, such as people who are self-employed or have bad credit history,
  • You can receive cashback repayments against particular measures,
  • You can have additional works that are not covered by the Green Deal carried out at the same time, as long as you finance them separately.

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EnergyDeck "offline" summary now available

Benjamin Kott

Benjamin Kott

Jan. 17, 2013

Happy New Year to everyone out there! Well, 2013 has been around for a little while already, but since this is our first post this year, we think it's on order. As a start into the new year we've put together a nice and crisp 2-pager summary of the EnergyDeck platform. It's in PDF format and you can download it right here and now:

EnergyDeck 2-page PDF summary

The document gives an overview of the curent version of the platform and highlights our approach, key benefits and features. If you want to find out more about some of the new functionality we will be working on this year, get in touch. Or keep checking in for the latest news. 


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2012 in review - an exciting year for EnergyDeck, and in 2013 we will pull out all the stops

Benjamin Kott

Benjamin Kott

Dec. 30, 2012

As the year is drawing to a close, we're thinking back of all the events and experiences 2012 has held for us, much like many people around the world tend to do at this time of year. For EnergyDeck in particular, 2012 has been a special year - it being our first full year of operation.

We started work on our first prototype in October 2011, and by December of that year we set off on the production version of EnergyDeck. It took a while to get things working the way we wanted, and we launched the first public version of EnergyDeck in March 2012 with the mission to take energy efficiency to a mass market.

Since then, we have been working relentlessly on improving the platform in order to extend its capabilities and incorporate feedback from our users.


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EnergyDeck joins utilidex50 to offer integrated services to energy utilities

Benjamin Kott

Benjamin Kott

Nov. 28, 2012

EnergyDeck has joined Utilidex's utilidex50 offering. Utilidex aims to deliver EnergyDeck integrated with their inMotion solution both in the UK as well as the Australian and New Zealand markets. inMotion significantly reduces the integration challenge for energy retailers and allows them to deploy value added services to their customers within a short time frame.

“Our vision for the utilidex50 is to attract innovative offerings that can easily plug into the utilidex platform,” commented Richard Brys, CEO, “We want to attract high calibre companies into the space, allowing them to deliver their innovations and ideas to the wider energy community and in particular to utilities who wish to adapt their business models and offerings. EnergyDeck is a great fit for this initiative. Led by a high calibre management team, EnergyDeck has a vision to truly re-shape the way customers interact with their energy consumption to significantly reduce costs and their carbon footprint. We support EnergyDeck wholeheartedly in this endeavour and want our utility customers and their end customers to benefit from the offering.”

 


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New UI, Better Dashboard and High-Frequency Meter Capabilities

Benjamin Kott

Benjamin Kott

Oct. 8, 2012

We've been keeping busy over the summer (if that's what you want to call it) and added a host of new features and upgrades to the EnergyDeck platform which we're excited to share today!

New EnergyDeck dashboard

The first change you will notice is a new and improved UI, resulting in a much cleaner and more focused interface. But the changes aren't just cosmetic and we've made sure to improve accessibility as well, e.g. of the visualisation options in the navigator and charts.


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