Have a guess what the number 132 means. Could it be number of windows I’ve sold this week? No. Could it be the number of tweets I’ve tweeted today? No.

132 is actually the number of people who have signed up to the Government’s Green Deal! This is up from 4 in June. In March this year, energy secretary Greg Barker said he expected 10,000 people to have signed up for Green Deal at the end of this year. Looks like he is going to be disastrously well below that figure. He’ll be lucky to be even 10% at this rate!

To compound matters, the DECC said that only one person was at the “live” stage, which means that only one person has actually had Green Deal measures installed. Up to the end of July, there have been 58,000 assessments carried out. But it doesn’t state whether these assessments were done on private or council housing.

As far as I know, the only tangible Green Deal work being done, or about to be done, are the big council contracts to revamp their housing stock. This is the only avenue I can see Green Deal working as there are far too many hoops to jump through and too many negatives for private homeowners to sign up to the scheme.

What I fail to understand is how there can be so many Green Deal accounts on Twitter saying that the scheme is booming. Either these people are lying or working on the large social housing contracts because the residential side of the scheme is absolutely stone cold dead! And it has ruined the insulation industries too.

So there we have it people, 132. The number of actual homes signed up to a Government flagship scheme.