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Insulate and save energy; Scottish homes will soon be rated for energy efficiency, reports KAREN STEWART.

Byline: KAREN STEWART

The number of energy conscience Scots is on the rise - with 60 per cent of buyers north of the border looking for an energy efficient home.

Anew report by the Energy Saving Trust has revealed one in six would consider renegotiating the asking price on a property if they knew it was energy-inefficient.

The research also found two thirds were unaware of the new Home Report being introduced on December 1, which will require every home for sale in Scotland to have both an Energy Report and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

And while the report will assess the property's energy efficiency, the certificate will provide an energy rating between A and G.

Mike Thornton, director for Scotland, Energy Saving Trust, said: "We welcome the certificates in Scotland and hope they will encourage landlords and homeowners to increase energy efficiency of their properties.

"We urge all homeowners and landlords to see this as an opportunity not just a challenge. The average homeowner could save pounds 340 a year by being more energy efficient and all the evidence points to the fact that an energy-efficient home will not only command higher rental value but also a higher price."

The survey also revealed only two per cent of homeowners thought they lived in an A-rated home while a quarter would be embarrassed to find out they lived in a F or G-rated home - the lowest energy ratings that any property can have.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 18, 2008
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