Annual home energy assessment could reap savings on bills

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An assessment of the energy efficiency of a home or business premises needs to be introduced in order to get Brits thinking about the issue, according to an industry body.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) claims the partner programme Foresight's suggestions for an "MOT style" energy certificate could kick start people's thinking into energy efficiency and help to "reap cost savings on energy bills".

Currently there is no scheme for existing buildings to prove their energy credentials, with Energy Performance Certificates only applying to the sale of homes across the UK.

A spokesman for the DIUS said there is a direct link between people in "dwellings with high energy efficiency standards" and a reduction in energy bills.

He added: "An annual or biennial assessment would encourage households and firms to think about energy performance on a regular basis."

The Energy Saving Trust recently found that 53 per cent of homeowners would be willing to pay a higher premium for green homes, claiming they would handover an average of £3,350 for an energy-efficient property.

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