Energy efficient homes top of house hunters’ lists

Energy efficiency is now one of the most important factors for UK house hunters looking to make savings wherever possible, research by YouGov on behalf of Blenheim Estate Homes and Pye Homes has revealed.

Of those surveyed, 64% said they would want solar panels to be fitted as standard to a new home; 42% said homes with EV charging points were a must-have; and 35% said an air source heat pump was top of their list.

Air source heat pumps are believed to be 60% more effective at reducing carbon emissions and have the potential to save homeowners money on monthly heating bills, compared to a conventional boiler.

In addition, a massive 71% surveyed felt that high-quality insulation was a deciding factor when looking for a new home.

Alex Rose, director of corporate agency and new homes at Zoopla, said: “Rising energy costs and an increased awareness of climate change are beginning to impact the priorities of home buyers. For environmentally conscious buyers, new-build homes are a great choice.

“Not only are they more energy-efficient – but they also cost less to run and can save you 52% on energy costs over a year in comparison to resale homes.

“This trend is something we expect to see continue in years to come as the government introduces additional policies to improve energy efficiency and reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.”

For buyers moving into an energy-efficient home with a high EPC rating, lenders will reward them with a better interest rate or cashback on the mortgage, albeit the incentives are minor.