As the Government launches the Green Home Grants today, West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) adds further strategies for protecting consumers from fraud.
The Green Homes Grant is an initiative to get homeowners to invest money in improving the energy-efficiency of their property while also giving the economy a much-needed boost.
Details indicate only approved and checked traders can carry out the work requested to meet the criteria. Types of improvement that qualify for the grant are also split into primary and secondary measures the voucher must be used to install at least one primary measure which can be insulation and/or low carbon heating
After at least one primary measure has been installed, the voucher can be used to help cover the cost of a list of secondary measures which contains things such as double or triple glazing, draught-proofing and energy efficient doors.
But officers from WYTS are concerned the door may be left open for illegitimate traders to exploit the trust of consumers who would like to access a voucher to get home improvements made cost-effectively.
Linda Davis, West Yorkshire Trading Standards manager said; “The Green Homes Grant is a great way to boost the economy but as always there are individuals out there who will try to take advantage of people. We advise everyone to do their research, avoid signing up to offers on your doorstep especially if the deal is for a same day discount. There are correct channels to follow if you wish to utilise this grant and we urge everyone to avoid texts, e-mails and letters offering this service. Please keep checking our social media platforms where we continuously promote staying safe online and in your home as well as information about how to apply for this grant, spotting the signs of rogue traders and live doorstep crime alerts.”
Check https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk for more information.
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