New research shows that London homes are among the most energy efficient

by Ian Sinkamba Domestic Energy News

New research shows that London homes are among the most energy efficient

Areas such as Greenwich, Tower Hamlets and the City of London offer some of the lowest energy bills to residents

The well-known window and doors supplier Everest has released the findings of a new study, which analysed over 15 million Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) across England in Wales in order to determine the best areas for energy efficiency.

Their research found that London boasts some of the most energy efficient homes across England and Wales, with people living in them also paying among the lowest prices for bills.

In particular, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and the City of London topped Everest’s findings. An impressive 29% of homes in Tower Hamlets received an A or B rated EPC, which was the highest proportion throughout both England and Wales by a significant margin. Both Greenwich and the City of London came next in the rankings, with 20% of properties boasting an A or B rated EPC.

As well as being the most efficient locations, these areas also offered some of the lowest energy bill costs. The average cost of energy bills in these areas was listed as £1,650. In contrast to this, the average price of bills across both England and Wales was £3,228. What’s more, the average property was revealed to posses a D rated EPC.

Other areas to perform well in their energy efficiency included Uttlesford, Basingstoke, Deane and Dartford, all of which landed in the top 10 best areas according to Everest’s research.

At the other end of the spectrum were areas such as Gwynedd, Ceredigion and the Isles of Scilly. These locations were deemed to be the worst areas for energy efficient properties.

In fact, the report by Everest stated that a huge 35% of properties on the Isles of Scilly were rated with having an F or G rated EPC. G is the lowest possible grade for an Energy Performance Certificate.

Overall, Everest revealed that the UK struggles with energy efficiency more than many other countries in Europe. Apparently, Britain’s houses are some of the “oldest and coldest in Europe”. The company went on to suggest that the cost of heat leaking from properties could be leading to a rise in fuel poverty.

What can you do to improve the energy efficiency of your home?

Efficiency is an important issue for almost every homeowner. In fact, a survey by Home Heat Helpline found that a third of adults worry about paying their energy bills.

Energy efficiency and lower energy costs go hand in hand, as Everest’s research shows. But even if you don’t live in one of the UK’s most efficient locations, there are measures you can take to improve the efficiency of your home.

These range from larger scale home improvements to smaller changes you can make. For example, high quality loft insulation can save each home an average of £160 a year on energy costs, while upgrading your boiler can also be hugely beneficial in the long run. An inefficienct boiler can add up to £200 to your annual energy bills. Double glazing and solar panels are some of the other bigger changes you can make to guarantee maximum efficiency.

Smaller changes include things like hanging thick curtains to insulate your windows, and investing in a water-saving showerhead and an eco-kettle. Switching your energy supplier is also an important step. Every provider ranks differently when it comes to value for money and environmental consciousness, so shop around for a deal that you can be happy with.

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