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Green home improvement changes ‘are positive’

The need to go green is dawning upon the majority of Britons, albeit at varying rates and in different ways.

No longer can people afford to run homes that are not energy-efficient or live in a wasteful manner. Instead, every penny counts when it comes to driving down gas and electricity bills.

Gordon Miller, co-founder and sustainability and communications director at Sustain Worldwide, has responded to news broken recently by the Daily Mail that suggested there are government plans in place to make households invest in eco-friendly improvements.

He said that, broadly speaking, the idea is a positive one, not only for the environment but also because it should create jobs in the green sector. However, he warned the government to ensure the launch of the scheme is done correctly so that the public is in favour of it rather than ready to launch a “backlash”.

“When a government is seen to be interfering in an ‘Englishman’s castle’, dictating what measures must be undertaken, it is treading on very shaky ground indeed,” Mr Miller explained. With the government’s proposed regulations effectively saying homeowners must hire a builder or other specialist tradesman to add green features to their home when they carry out any work, an emphasis on the green side of the plan might be vital.

Among the home improvements that are likely to fit the outline of the programme are the installation of solar panels and the addition of insulation to buildings.

M&S Home Insurance recently found many people in the UK are currently paying out for eco-friendly measures in their home, with double glazing and boiler servicing also popular investments.

Whatever people choose to do, it seems probable that an emphasis on the environment will have to be a part of it. As such, it might now be worth identifying tradesmen with the capabilities to work with the world in mind.

Post your eco-enhancing job on RatedPeople.com and wait for local tradesmen to get in touch with their ideas and quotes on how to make your home better for its surroundings.

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