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Energy saving home improvements could increase property value by 14%

Recent research published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) revealed how energy saving improvements such as triple glazing windows could add significant value to properties throughout England.

According to the study, improving a property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating from G to E or D to B could add more than £16,000 to the sale price of and average home.

EPCs were first introduced in England and Wales on August 1, 2007 as part of Home Information Packs (HIPs) for domestic properties with four or more bedrooms. Over time this requirement was extended to include smaller properties. In 2010 the need for HIPs was removed, but the requirement for EPCs continued.

Commenting on the results of the study, energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: “We have long known the benefits of making energy saving improvements to the home, but this study is real evidence of the huge potential rewards. Not only can energy efficient improvements help protect you against rising energy prices, but they can also add real value to your property.”

At present, 46% of all properties in England are rated at EPC level D. The Coalition Government hopes that the Green Deal will help improve the energy efficiency of homes.

On the Green Deal, Barker said: “The Green Deal is helping more people make these types of home improvements, reducing high upfront costs and letting people pay for some the cost through the savings on their bills. The Green Deal is a great option for anyone wanting to improve the look, feel and potentially the value of their home.”

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud added: “There are some 26 million homes in Britain, most of them about as well insulated as a rabbit hutch, and they need immediate help to be made less wasteful. This timely report tells us what we suspected all along: that people really value the well-insulated, energy-efficient home; that modest investment in measures to make our homes more comfortable, healthier and cheaper-to-run really pays off.”

The top ways of making your home more energy efficient include upgrading loft and cavity wall insulation, draught proofing and fitting new or replacement windows.

Britelite’s new range of triple glazing windows lock more heat in to your home and can reduce heating bills by up to £766 per year. In addition, superior sound deadening and security features help to create a more comfortable and safe living environment, not to mention the added value to your home when you come to sell.

To find out more about our amazing triple glazing windows, get a quote today.

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