Are homeowners doing enough to improve energy efficiency?
15th Apr 2011
Many homeowners are still not taking heed of advice for improving the energy efficiency of their properties, which can increase home values and make them more attractive to people looking for houses for sale.
These measures can include anything from installing ground source heat pumps and solar panels to generate your own electricity, to less drastic steps such as getting better insulation to reduce energy wastage and updating your boiler.
Andrew Leech, director of the National Home Improvement Council, said 80 per cent of the UK's housing stock needs to be made energy-efficient by 2050 - a daunting task given that there are 26 million houses in the country.
"In amongst all these improvements which [companies] are encouraging people to make, [homeowners] shouldn't just be looking at new kitchens and new bathrooms; they should be looking at new kitchens and new bathrooms plus energy efficiency measures because that is going to pay dividends in the long run," added.
The comments come as this month, the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) reported that the UK had failed to reach its ten per cent renewable energy target for 2010, producing only 6.5 per cent of electricity from sustainable sources.
Dr John Constable, director of policy and research for the REF, said the "counterproductive" target-led energy agenda should be replaced with a "more feasible and reasoned strategy".
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