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10 Aug 2009 04:08:05

EST calls for drastic action on home energy efficiency

EST calls for drastic action on home energy efficiency
Homeowners and landlords should not be allowed to sell or rent out homes that are not energy-efficient, it has been claimed.

Properties for sale in the UK have been required to carry an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) - rating the home's energy performance from A to G - since October.

Now, the Energy Saving Trust has suggested that the government should prevent the sale of homes with a rating of F or G from 2015 onwards.

A spokesperson for the group said: "Our proposals are that regulation could come into force online in seven years' time. And we believe grants, financing packages and advice should make it possible for everyone who wants to act to do so in the next few years."

She added that the "danger of climate change" justifies the consideration of extra regulations in order to ensure that electricity is used in the domestic sector as efficiently as possible.

This summer, Friends of the Earth called for a drive to insulate homes and businesses across England and Wales and encouraged the use of renewable energy sources.

It said that such a policy could bring about the creation of 70,000 jobs in the burgeoning green sector.



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Quizzicool wrote:

17 Aug 2009

While the principle of compulsion to make properties energy efficient might be attractive to some, to me it seems somewhat draconian and ill thought through.

Imagine the consequences for someone who has to sell their property because they cant afford to keep it, but cant sell it because it doesnt meet energy efficiency targets ... some sort of safety net would have to be in place, at the very least.

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