Energy efficiency key for house hunters

Rising energy prices and the race to net zero are causing homebuyers to put more value on energy efficiency, a new survey1 suggests.


Asked to pick essential features for their new home, more respondents opted for energy-saving attributes than a year earlier. As the cost-of-living rises, households with poor energy efficiency ratings are paying up to £2462 more on their annual gas bills.


The combined financial and environmental appeal of cavity wall insulation helped it rise five places to 15th. The annual saving for better insulation is around £650 a year3 for a detached house – or 1,500kg of CO2.

A new boiler or central heating system was ranked ninth (up four places), with a good energy efficiency rating sixth (up three). Double glazing came in third, unchanged from 2021.

1GoCompare Home Insurance

2Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit
3Energy Saving Trust

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