Going green adds £16,000 to houses

Energy-saving improvements boost house prices by 14 per cent on average, with increases of up to 38 per cent in some parts of the country, the research based on 300,000 property sales in England between 1995 and 2011 claimed.

Improving a house’s energy performance certificate (EPC) rating from the bottom band G up to E, or from band D to B, can add £16,000 to the sale price of an average property, the study from the Department of Energy and Climate Change said.

Comparisons of similar properties where the main difference is their EPC rating showed that energy efficiency was a factor in buying homes, particularly in the North East where it can push up the price by almost two fifths.

Getting a Thermal Imaging Survey can highlight where your property’s least efficient areas are and can therefore be addressed directly.