A recent Zoopla study suggested that the average British homeowner moves approximately every 23 years. So energy efficiency should be a huge consideration when buying a new home to protect against any up’s and downs in the energy market. We’ve had a look at some handy tips to consider when buying a new home.1. Check the certificate
One of the first things to check when buying a new home is its Energy Performance Certificate. This certificate provides information on the property energy efficiency band which will rate from A to G, with A being most efficient. It will break down the important areas and show an energy rating for each part including insulation and heating. It will also reveal the future rating after improvements have been made, great for anyone buying a ‘project’ home.2. Double glazing
Windows are another important feature to check. Good quality double glazing is preferable for energy efficiency. However, if single pane windows are properly sealed they should block out draughts enough to keep them energy efficient.3. Controllable heating
Properly controlled radiator valves and room thermostat can save the average three-bed home an average of £75 per year. Ensuring these items are in place could save you money on your energy bills and the cost of having them installed if not already.4. Take a look at insulation
When visiting a property it is important to take a thorough look around. Insulation is an important factor to look at. Checking the age and wear and tear of loft insulation will show you how efficient it is. New insulation would be a costly addition to a home purchase.5. Lower mortgage
If you are buying an energy efficient home, there is a possibility that you could be offered a lower mortgage rate by your lender. The Bank of England has found that homeowners living in energy efficient properties are less likely to be in payment arrears. The study concluded that taking into account a number of variables, the energy efficiency of a property is a relevant predictor of mortgage risk.
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