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22 Nov 2007 07:11:35

Green ratings system for all home buyers

First-time buyers will be able to reduce carbon emissions from their property as well as making savings on their fuel bills thanks to the full-scale roll out of a new scheme, the government has claimed.

Under government plans, from December 14th anyone selling a residential property will have to provide the new homeowner with a Home Information Pack (Hips), which will include detailed information about the energy efficiency of the house or flat in the shape of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

Those registering a low score on the EPC will receive free or discounted help to allow them to implement energy efficiency measures in their home, the government said, with the programme particularly looking to benefit those making their first steps on the property ladder.

Housing Minister Yvette Cooper said: "Hips and EPCs are already helping consumers to save hundreds of pounds off their fuel bills and are cutting search costs too."

"All home buyers will be able to benefit from energy efficiency advice, with those receiving low green ratings of ''F'' and ''G'' especially targeted for support and grants to make improvements to cut their costs and carbon emissions," she added.

Earlier this week the government also announced the launch of its Green Homes Service, aiming to provide a one-stop-shop for any homeowner looking to cut their carbon footprint.

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