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Massive Interest in Energy-Efficient Homes in the UK

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    Energy-Efficient Home Becoming More of a Priority to Buyers

    According to research from OVO, the UK property market has seen a massive influx of interest in energy-efficient properties.

    With more people keeping an eye on their cost-of-living expenses and carbon footprint, energy-efficient properties are undoubtedly on the radar of many BTL investors.

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      How Many People Want to Purchase Energy-Efficient Properties in the UK?

      The survey reveals that 66% of future homebuyers prioritise houses with green installations for energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

      Data from Rightmove indicates that enhancing a property’s EPC rating from F to C can boost its value by 15%. This means homeowners can save on bills and profit from their eco-friendly investments upon resale.

      Improving from an F to a C rating could increase the value of a three-bedroom semi-detached house by up to £44,672, based on Rightmove’s current average asking price of £297,811 for such properties.

      Despite 60% of homes listed on Rightmove having EPC ratings of D or lower, homeowners are motivated to improve their property’s rating. About 83% are willing to invest in green upgrades, with a quarter ready to spend over £5,000.

      OVO’s data shows that more than a third of potential buyers prefer homes with eco-friendly features like solar panels, triple-glazed windows, and roof insulation.

      Rightmove Director of Property Science, Tim Bannister, said about energy efficiency: “We’re still in the early stages of the journey towards greener homes, but the data and insights we have been collecting over the last few years have been encouraging. One of the trends that has been emerging is that sellers who have improved the energy efficiency of their homes can command a premium when the time comes to move. It’s going to be a really important year for innovations and the sharing of evidence-based data insights in this space.”

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      What Are the Reasons People Want Green Technology in Their Properties?

      The main reasons for installing green technology in a home in 2024 are:

      • Saving money on energy bills (49%)
      • Improving the energy efficiency of their home (40%)
      • Helping reduce their carbon footprint (36%)
      • Improving the EPC rating of their home (30%)
      • Increasing the value of their home (29%)

      The most anticipated installations were:

      • Solar panels (26%)
      • Electric car charging point (23%)
      • Smart meter (23%)
      • Wall insulation (21%)
      • Smart thermostat (20%)

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        EPC Ratings: Should You Improve an Existing Home or Buy a New Property?

        So, the question remains: is it better to purchase a property and install new fixtures to improve the EPC rating? Or should you consider new builds that already have a high rating?

        If you’re looking for a UK buy-to-let property investment, you need to consider the cost of improving a house’s EPC rating. For example, heat pumps can cost up to £14,000 if you purchase an air source model.

        Purchasing a new-build that already has energy-efficient technology installed may be better. When investing in off-plan property, for instance, these properties are designed to meet the government’s EPC regulations (which currently require buy-to-let properties to reach a minimum rating of C by 2025/2028). This will help you save money and adhere to future requirements, improving your buy-to-let returns.

        This could be an excellent way to buy rental property for your portfolio that will appeal to tenants looking to save money on energy bills and live in a property that is cleaner from the environment. For instance, ELEMENT – The Quarter is Liverpool’s first eco-property and has proven popular with tenants looking for a conveniently located home that benefits the environment.

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        Dale Barham

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        Dale is a property content writer at RWinvest. Keeping a close eye on the UK property market, Dale helps our readers stay informed and up to date on the latest market news and statistics.