SMEs Tackle Fuel Poverty

October 20th, 2015

By distributing ECO funding, offering advice and training opportunities, YES Energy Solutions has helped many SME installer businesses develop and gain the necessary tools to support residents living in fuel poverty.

Central-Heating-Installer-2In the last financial year, we funded 14 SME installers and saved over 119,500 tonnes of CO2. This work helped hundreds of vulnerable residents save money on their fuel bills and improve the look and feel of their homes.

Our contracting network ‘Green Deal Installer Hub’ now has over 2000 members. Every month we communicate the latest funding opportunities, industry news and policy developments.

One recent Hub promotion helped a series of SMEs in the Leeds City Region gain PAS2030 accreditation at a discounted rate. This has enabled smaller contractors to work on Government backed schemes, access funding and directly support fuel poor communities.

Find out more about YES Energy Solutions’ SME infrastructure.

Smart Meters & Funded Gas Connections

October 16th, 2015

Installer-with-ECO-CardIn our October E-shot to members of Green Deal Installer Hub, we cover the latest energy efficiency news and views including: customer reactions to Smart Meters, the new criteria for the Fuel Poverty Network Extension Scheme and the latest installer casualties since the Feed in Tariff regression announcement.

Top stories:

Installation giants fall into administration
Two of the UKs largest energy efficiency companies have gone into administration reflecting the current struggle of the whole industry.
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New criteria for funded gas connections
If you’re a gas heating engineer and work in partnership with a gas network, then you may be interested to find out that the eligibility criteria for funded gas connections is changing.
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Smart meters getting smart results
84% of householders using Smart Meters would recommend them, a new report revels. With nearly two million Smart Meters installed in homes throughout Britain, campaigners are declaring the product a ground breaking innovation.
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Southampton ECO scheme set to improve 1,500 homes
Targeted communities across Southampton will benefit from a host of funded energy efficiency measures as part of a new Local Authority scheme.
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Have your say in the Bonfield Review
Peter Bonfield is encouraging organisations from across the energy efficiency industry to contribute to his Government commissioned review, which could shape the future of green policy in the UK.
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Birmingham tops Local Authorities for the highest number of ECO installations
Analytics experts, Resourcematics have created a GIS map which highlights the current geographical patens of installations carried out under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
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EPC Service in West Yorkshire
YES Energy Solutions are offering West Yorkshire contractors a competitive EPC service covering HHCRO assessments from just £65.
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Affordable Installer Insurance
Save money on your insurance requirements by taking advantage of your Hub member discount.
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YES Energy Solutions manages Green Deal Installer Hub, a national network of insulation, heating and renewable energy contractors.

If you’re an installer and would like to keep up to date with the latest news, policy announcements and events: Join the Hub

Policy Proposals & Cuts to Green Energy Subsidies

September 22nd, 2015

gdih_birdYES Energy Solutions has published the September 2015 E-shot for the members of the Green Deal Installer Hub network.

In this issue we provide an update of the proposed cuts to the Feed-in-Tariff scheme and what this means for the solar PV industry. We review reactions to other policy changes including the cuts to on shore wind subsidies and the future of the Energy Company Obligations (ECO) scheme.

If you’re an installer and would like to receive regular updates on funding opportunities, training, news and events, visit:

E-Shot Sept 2015:

Feed in Tariff Cuts
The Government is proposing to cut the Feed in Tariff incentive for solar PV by 87% in 2016.
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Will ECO be extended?
Energy Professional blogger, Colin Anderson warns that thousands of jobs may be at risk if a decision to replace or extend the ECO scheme is not made soon.
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Birmingham Energy Savers Scheme Closes
A major Council backed energy efficiency scheme, which planned to install insulation and heating measures in up to 60,000 Birmingham homes, has closed due to the recent shake up in Government policy.
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HHCRO Funding Opportunity
There is still an opportunity for installers to claim HHCRO funding for eligible boiler replacements and insulation installs through YES Energy Solutions.
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Norton Finance

September 15th, 2015

YES Energy Solutions is making energy efficiency affordable thanks to a new partnership with Norton Finance.

Norton Finance SquareWe’ve teamed up with one of the UKs longest established finance brokers to offer our customers affordable loans for heating, insulation and renewable energy technologies.

Norton Finance are committed to excellence and have an impressive track record in helping householders get the most suitable financial solutions and competitive rates.

No Deposit Guarantee

By taking advantage of a Norton Finance loan you will have nothing to pay up front as all fees are simply included in your monthly repayments.

You can make your home warmer and more energy efficient without paying everything out up front in one lump sum.

You can use a Norton Finance loan for many of our energy saving products and services including solar PV panels, replacement gas boilers, central heating installations and external solid wall insulation.

So If you want to save energy and slash your fuel bills without breaking the bank, find out more about our partnership with Norton Finance and how you could access an easy to pay loan.

Call YES Energy Solutions on: 0800 952 0036

Or visit:

Norton Finance loans are subject to terms and conditions.

YES Energy Solutions and Norton Finance are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

VAT, Government Cuts and Insulation Robots

June 25th, 2015

Central Heating InstallerYES Energy Solutions provides an update on the latest developments affecting installers and the wider energy efficiency sector.

Find out how Government cuts could impact the Department of Energy and Climate Change, how VAT may increase for home efficiency measures and how robots could be the future of the insulation industry:


Green Deal Installer Hub – June E-Shot 2015

Will VAT Rates Rise for Energy Efficiency Measures?
The European Court has told the UK that the current tax breaks in place for energy saving measures are illegal under European law. This could means that measures such as insulation, solar panels and heat pumps would be affected by a VAT increase.
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Could Government Austerity Kill GDHIF?
An article published by the Independent suggests that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) could be the next casualty in the Government’s latest drive of austerity measures.
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Scotland Makes Energy Efficiency a National Priority
The Energy Bill Revolution has had a campaign breakthrough as the Scottish Government announces plans to make energy efficiency a ‘National Infrastructure Priority.’
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Energy Companies Over Achieve ECO 1
For the first time, installation figures have been published for the entire period of ECO 1 and ECO 1.2 (Jan 2013 – March 2015), showing that all Energy Companies exceeded their targets and are also making head way with their ECO 2 obligations.
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Green Deal Finance, NHS Energy Efficiency & DECC Priorities

May 28th, 2015

gdih_birdYES Energy Solutions gives an update on the latest energy efficiency news and announcements affecting the installation and retrofit industry.

The following articles include information on: Green Deal finance, the new Government’s approach to UK energy infrastructure, ECO Fair 2015 and a new energy efficiency report for the NHS.

If you’re an installer looking for funding, training opportunities and support with accreditation, join our contracting network at:

May 2015 E-Shot

Substantial Growth for Green Deal Finance
Over £50m worth of Green Deal finance plans have been processed, showing considerable growth over the last 12 months.
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ECO Fair 2015
Yorkshire’s largest environmental event opens its doors next month to highlight the latest energy efficiency schemes, developments and products.
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Installer Insurance – Take Advantage of Your Hub Member Discount
Green Deal Installer Hub joined forces with FML in April 2015 to offer SME installers a better deal on their insurance requirements. By submitting the latest promo code, you can access preferential rates on a range of policies including: public liability, employer liability and professional indemnity cover.
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ECO Compliance Checks – Have Your Say
The ECO Reporting Simplification Working Group have issued a survey to find out what checks are currently being undertaken by installers on ECO submission documents. They are keen to find out which processes are currently failing and what could be improved.
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DECC’s Priorities Under the New Government
Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has provided an overview of the new Government’s commitment to energy infrastructure as detailed in Wednesday’s Queens Speech.
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FREE Water Efficiency Training for Plumbers in Wales
The Centre for Alternative Technology are running a series of FREE training courses to help plumbers and customer advisors in Wales improve their knowledge of water efficiency technologies.
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Post-Election Fears from Major Insulation Manufacturer
Steven Heath, Director of Public Affairs and Strategy at Knauf Insulation has written an opinion piece on what impact the new Government will have on the energy efficiency industry. In his blog, Heath warns readers of the potential challenges the insulation sector faces under the Conservatives without the Lib-Dems holding up the green flag.
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How Energy Efficient is the NHS?
£180million a year could be saved in NHS energy costs, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) reveals.
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Edinburgh Community Solar Scheme
Edinburgh Council are set to install thousands of solar panels on public building through a major community renewables initiative.
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March Installer News

March 19th, 2015

BuilderYES Energy Solutions’ contractor network – Green Deal Installer Hub, has just reached 2000 members!

Launched in December 2012, the website has helped hundreds of SME installers develop inline with the Government’s ECO and Green Deal schemes.

Read the Hub’s latest e-shot for more information, including other important updates for the installer industry…

March 2014 E-Shot

New ECO Guidance
A new set of rules has been released by the industry regulator, Ofgem for installers working under the next phase of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. There are a few major changes that will affect installers, especially those fitting gas heating or loft insulation.
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Outstanding HTT Cavity Measures
In 2013 a high volume of Hard to Treat Cavities (HTTC) were insulated. However Ofgem had serious concerns that the measures were not eligible under the ECO scheme and have since issued an extrapolation process which could impact Energy Company targets.
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Phase three of the Government’s popular Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) opened on Monday 16th March, offering householder’s cashback grants for insulation and heating improvements.
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The Hub Reaches 2000 Members
This week our 2000th member registered on Green Deal Installer Hub! We’re delighted that so many installers have joined our network to find out more about the latest industry news, views, projects and funding opportunities.
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Rogue Traders Threaten Green Deal Reputation
One in ten Green Deal Approved companies have had their accreditation removed due to unlawful practices, a Telegraph article has stated.
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Barker Blames Big 6 for Green Deal Failures
Former Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker has stated that the Big Six Energy Companies have ‘no interest in real energy efficiency.’
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Free Energy Management Training for Sheffield City Region Installers
Installers based in the Sheffield City Region can access free training courses covering Energy Management and Carbon Awareness at Barnsley College.
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Could Bio-energy be the Future?
A new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) indicates that Bio-energy has the potential to revive the UK energy market.
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Funding & Compliance Executive – Job Opportunity

March 17th, 2015

YES Energy Solutions is looking for Funding & Compliance Executive to cover maternity leave.

Salary in the region of £20k to £25k dependent on experience.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and computer literacy skills and be able to work proactively in a team. A positive attitude and the ability to work under pressure is critical. Knowledge of the energy industry is desirable but not essential as full training will be provided.

To apply for this role please email your CV to: or call: 01422 880117.

For more information about YES Energy Solutions visit:



Cutting the Confusion out of ECO & Green Deal – A simple guide for Local Authorities

February 24th, 2015

Energy efficiency experts, YES Energy Solutions and APSE have developed a handy ‘how to’ guide for Local Authorities to learn about the benefits of introducing ECO and Green Deal initiatives.

ECO and Green Deal GuideIt’s fair to say that ECO and Green Deal have become something of a minefield since their launch in 2013. There has been a lot of noise made about these flagship Government initiatives, but do Local Authorities really know what they are all about and how they could use them to cut CO2 and reduce fuel poverty?

YES Energy Solutions have a rich history of Local Authority collaborations and were amongst the first industry pioneers to work under the ECO and Green Deal framework. They are keen to share their knowledge and experience and help Local Authorities take full advantage of the energy saving opportunities from these key Government policies.

The main purpose of the Guide is to strip down all the confusing technical jargon and simply explain how ECO and Green Deal work, what each scheme is trying to achieve and how Local Authorities can get involved.

The Guide, titled – ‘What is ECO and Green Deal’, provides information on the ECO funding criteria, the full scope of the Green Deal supply chain and how initial property assessments influence how much funding is available to householders.

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ECO Funding – Limited Opportunity

February 23rd, 2015

YES Energy Solutions has ECO funding available for new installer partners.

If you are a member of our Green Deal Installer Hub network, then you have an opportunity to tender for CERO, CSCO and HHCRO funding for your forthcoming projects.

To find out how you can get involved follow the link below:

YES Energy Solutions – ECO Funding Opportunity