New research reveals that cheap energy efficiency measures can be installed in homes to bring them to near-average standards for less than £3,000.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, the number of energy efficient homes in both the private and rented sectors has decreased despite the fact that the cost of upgrading their green credentials is not as expensive as consumers may think.
The organisation found that in 2008, 17 per cent of homes in England were in the F and G bands - the lowest grading on an energy performance certificate. However, 84 per cent of these homes could be brought in the E band for around £3,000, typically by installing a new loft and cavity wall insulation.
David Weatherall, housing strategy manager for the Energy Saving Trust, said: "On the whole, our study is good news. Most F- and G-rated homes can be improved very cost-effectively, for less than £3,000."
He pointed out that the cost is less than two per cent of the sale price of the average UK home.
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