2 Mar

Energy savings fail to motivate people to go green

Energy savings fail to motivate people to go green

People looking for houses for sale in the UK or property to rent in 2011 do not maximise the energy-saving potential of their new homes.

Four out of five people do not act on recommendations made by Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), which could save them money, according to Consumer Focus.

Landlords and homeowners are legally obliged to produce the certificates when selling or letting a property.

In addition, only one in five buyers or tenants who received the EPC said it had any impact on their decision to buy or rent their property.

The consumer watchdog says EPCs do not motivate people to make their new homes more eco-friendly.

Liz Laine, energy expert at Consumer Focus, said: "With the Green Deal just around the corner, these certificates must become a trigger for action, not just a sheet at the bottom of a huge pile of home-buying paperwork."

The government is currently developing schemes to make green home improvements more affordable.

According to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), there are many funding options available for the installation of simple eco-friendly measures.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800438619-ADNFCR

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