Knauf Insulation welcomes the news that from 2011, all homes for sale will have to advertise their energy efficiency ratings under new European Union legislation, as a further step forward in the drive for a sustainable future.
At the moment homeowners must commission an energy performance certificate (EPC) before putting a property on the market, but the results do not have to be available before viewings start. From 2012 the EU Directive will make it compulsory for the ratings to be published upfront.
This legislation will push householders and potential house sellers to start taking steps to make their homes more energy efficient. It will also help the government to deliver its plans of reducing household carbon emissions by 29% by 2020.
The most effective way of improving a home’s energy efficiency is to install insulation. If every home in the UK had the recommended level of wall and loft insulation, carbon dioxide emissions would be cut by an impressive 10.8 million tonnes. Insulating a home is also a very cost-effective energy saving measure – insulating the loft alone could save the typical home £1501 per year on energy bills – that’s a staggering £710 million* as a nation!
* Energy Savings Trust