Home buyers 'not put off' by poor energy ratings for properties

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Home buyers in the UK are not put off from buying a potential property if it has a poor energy rating, according to new research.

The findings by Legal & General also found that new homeowners are likely to take suggestions featured in a property's energy performance certificate (EPC) into account to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Discussing the research, director of housing at the financial company, Stephen Smith, said: "Over time buyers will be likely to implement some of the energy-saving recommendations as they make improvements to their home.

"This will result in valuable cost savings on heating and lighting bills, given the recent upward year on year trend in overall utility bills."

Mr Smith added: "Whilst no-one is going to feasibly install double-glazing into a period thatched cottage, there is room for reasonable and appropriate improvements in many properties."

The release of Legal & General's findings follow the director general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) backing Energy Saving Week to increase awareness of the EPC.

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