Energy Rated Homes in England & Wales

by Tracy Stokes on June 15, 2006

in EcoHouse, Sustainable Lifestyle

Beginning next year, all homes that are put up for sale in England and Wales will have to be energy rated similarly to the way that fridges, washing machines and other home appliances are already rated. A qualified home inspector will assess the home, produce a report and make recommendations on how to improve the energy rating.

“You can get this kind of consumer information on fridges and washing machines, so why not on a home where the emissions – and the savings – are so much greater?

“By providing people with sound advice on how to improve energy efficiency, this will help sellers and buyers who want to do their bit to cut carbon emissions as well as cutting their fuel bills too.”

Yvette Cooper, housing minister

Perhaps in the future we will see lower stamp-duty on homes with better energy ratings as a further incentive to change, or perhaps it should become mandatory to take the home to it best potential energy rating before being allowed to sell it. For the time being, at least this is a step in the right direction.

Click here to see a sample of the new home energy rating report.

Via: Guardian Unlimited

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