Heat is on over ef­fi­ciency

Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - News -

NEW re­search from E.ON re­veals the cost of mak­ing ‘heart-overhead’ de­ci­sions when it comes to house hunt­ing.

Most of us over­look en­ergy ef­fi­ciency when pick­ing our new home, lead­ing to an av­er­age £2,524 spend on im­prove­ments af­ter we buy.

The re­search, con­ducted among 2,000 peo­ple who’ve bought their home within the last five years, also shows that we’re more con­cerned about the feel of a house (36%) than its like­li­hood of flood­ing (30%) or the amount of im­prove­ment work re­quired (22%).

One in three peo­ple say they place lit­tle im­por­tance on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures like cen­tral heat­ing (34%), dou­ble glaz­ing (33%), or the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency rating (31%) when look­ing around a prop­erty.

To help peo­ple un­der­stand more about en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, what to look out for dur­ing prop­erty view­ings and what could cost them fur­ther down the line, E.ON has launched a new on­line in­ter­ac­tive tool — the E.ON Home­buyer’s Guide.

The guide is de­signed to be used along­side the En­ergy Per­for­mance Cer­tifi­cate (EPC) to help peo­ple get a fuller pic­ture of en­ergy pit­falls and po­ten­tial.

David Bird, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of E.ON’S res­i­den­tial busi­ness, said: “Our re­search shows that peo­ple don’t al­ways re­fer to or un­der­stand the prop­erty’s EPC. That’s why we’ve launched the ‘E.ON Home­buyer’s Guide’.

“The tool prompts peo­ple to think about a va­ri­ety of ar­eas, from win­dows, heat­ing, boil­ers and even a prop­erty’s ori­en­ta­tion, and gives an in­di­ca­tion of how much th­ese ar­eas would cost to im­prove and po­ten­tial sav­ings that could be made. Peo­ple can eas­ily save the in­for­ma­tion that’s rel­e­vant for a par­tic­u­lar prop­erty and re­fer back to it later while mak­ing the de­ci­sion about whether to put for­ward an of­fer.”

Check the E.ON Home­buyer’s Guide at eonen­ergy.com/home buy­ers.

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