These Easy Eco-Home Upgrades Could Add £29K To Your Property

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New research by the loan comparison website, Money.co.uk reveals that giving your home a green refurbishment could add over £29,000 to the value of your property.

With people being more conscious than ever of our impact on the environment, Money.co.uk surveyed 2,000 potential homebuyers to reveal how much extra money they think different eco-improvements add to the value of a property. The research found that potential homebuyers would be willing to pay £29,090 more for a home that has 10 (very simple) eco-features, than a home without these ten eco-upgrades.

The research compared how much the environmentally-friendly improvements would actually cost a homeowner (average actual cost) against how much value potential homebuyers believe they add to a home (perceived value), thus revealing a potential ‘added value’ amount for each of the home eco-features.

Eco-Improvements Homebuyers Value The Most

Draft proofing is a quick and easy fix that allows you to block areas that let in cold air (or lose warm air) so you can use less energy to heat your home. It’s the improvement with the greatest added value, costing just £200 roughly to implement, but valued by potential homebuyers as adding £3,208 to a property.

Thermostat installation is second on the list, costing £215 on average to install but with an added value figure of £2,790. Third on the list is a smart metre installation which can be done in under an hour and costs just £50, and on average can potentially add £2,746 of value to your home.

Top 10 Eco-Improvements Homebuyers Value The Most

Eco Improvement

Actual Cost (£)

Perceived Value By Potential Homebuyers (£)

Potential Added Value to Property (£)

1

Draft Proofing

200

3,208

3,008

2

Thermostat Installation

215

3,005

2,790

3

Energy Metre Installation

50

2,796

2,746

4

EV Charging Point

800

3,419

2,619

5

Low-VOC Paint

96

2,636

2,540

6

Biodiverse Garden

500

3,022

2,522

7

Energy Star Ceiling Fans

300

2,613

2,313

8

Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

175

2,469

2,294

9

Tankless Water Heater

937

3,163

2,226

10

Evaporative Coolers

550

2,759

2,209

The six cheapest eco-improvements to install in your home are:

  1. Energy Metre Installation (£50 average installation cost)

  2. Low-VOC Paint (£96 average installation cost)

  3. Energy-Saving Lightbulbs (£175 average installation cost)

  4. Draft Proofing (£200 average installation cost)

  5. Thermostat Installation (£215 average installation cost)

  6. Energy Star Ceiling Fans (£300 average installation cost)

The total added value of these six eco-improvements comes to over £15,000, a healthy return when the actual average cost of installing them comes to just over £1,000.

Money.co.uk’s report also revealed the eco-home improvements that cost more than potential homebuyers value them at, with the research revealing that geothermal heat pumps add the least amount of money to your property. Despite an average installation cost of £13,000, the study participants only valued a geothermal heat pump as adding £4,041 to a property, making it the least lucrative green home upgrade on the list.

Biomass boilers (which combust sustainably sourced wood pellets instead of gas or oil) are the second-worst eco-upgrade when it comes to adding value to your home; they could potentially lose homeowners £4,459, with their actual installation cost being around £8,000 but potential homeowners only valuing them at under half that price.

Green roof (the latest environmental trend to sweep across major cities’ skylines) is fourth on the list, followed by triple-glazed windows.

The 10 Eco-Improvements Least Valued By Homebuyers

Eco Improvement

Actual Cost (£)

Perceived Value by Potential Homebuyers (£)

Potential Added Value to Property (£)

1

Geothermal Heat Pumps

13,000

4,041

-8,959

2

Biomass Boiler

8,000

3,541

-4,459

3

Air Source Heat Pump

8,000

3,712

-4,289

4

Green Roof

5,300

3,366

-1,934

5

Triple Glazing

4,400

4,540

140

6

Rainwater Harvester

2,500

2,665

165

7

Cool Roof

2,900

3,115

215

8

Double Glazing

3,500

4,210

710

9

Solar Panels

4,000

5,109

1,109

10

High-Efficiency Boiler

2,500

3,641

1,141