I think solar panels or renewable energy sources, such as a wind turbine, can really add value to a property – as much so as a new kitchen or a hard-wood floor. People like eco features. Whether it’s gadgets to reduce wastage or sustainable building products, like insulation made from sheeps’ wool, I am all for eco-living.
Do green features add value?
Money saving is front of mind for most people nowadays, no one wants to spend more than they have to on bills. So yes, even if going green doesn’t appeal to buyers, money saving credentials will. The Energy Saving Trust found that a third of people would be willing to pay more for a home with energy saving credentials.
Is the future of green credentials getting tougher?
In the future regulations on energy credentials of new build’s are only going to get tougher. Already any home that goes on the market has to have a HIP (Home Information Pack), this guide rates the home from A to G on its energy performance. In 2015 the trust plan to make it illegal for homes in the lowest bands to be sold or rented, until improvements are made and they are re-graded.
What are the energy saving basics any house shouldn’t be without?
Modern houses are built with energy saving in mind, older properties were built differently. Air was intended to circulate around buildings down the chimney and through gaps in the windows to keep solid fuel fires burning. Bathrooms are a relatively new invention