A Welsh trading standards body has warned residents that fraudsters operating under the guise of the Green Deal have been conning households.
Caerphilly Trading Standards has warned residents that fraudulent workers have been knocking on doors in the area, claiming homeowners can claim £10,000 of funding for free improvements.
They then ask for “administration fees” to undertake work for the householder.
The government’s flagship green retrofit programme can only be delivered through government-contracted assessors and providers displaying the Green Deal Approved mark.
Trustmark chairman Liz Male said: “I would advise homeowners who are thinking of having any work carried out on their home to only use reputable firms they know or that can be properly checked out.
“We know that the Government’s Green Deal, which supports energy efficient improvements, can only be delivered by approved green deal advisers and installers, so consumers need to be wary of people dropping in on them and offering special deals or telling them that their property is unsafe and needs urgent work.
“Doorstep selling and telephone cold calls need be handled particularly carefully.
“Never be pressured into making a decision on the spot – there’s nothing that can’t wait until you have had time to do some checks.”
She warned that many homes will need essential repairs before any energy-saving measures can be effectively installed.
“Our advice to all customers is to check the ID of any Green Deal firm, don’t be tempted to ask an installer to do extra property repair work just because they are already in your home, and always insist on using a TrustMark-registered tradesman for any home repair, maintenance or improvement work,” she added.