Heat is on over efficiency
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.