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Energy customers urged to make homes efficient

Energy customers urged to make homes efficient

Category: Gas and electricity

Updated: 04/12/2009
First Published: 01/12/2009

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Homeowners have been told they could lower their gas and electricity bills by increasing the energy efficiency of their properties.

The vast majority of homes in England and Wales have an energy efficiency rating either 'average' or 'below average', while fewer than a quarter are rated 'above average', according to research from Halifax.

No homes achieved the highest and best efficiency rating of band A, while just 2% were in band B.

However, 3% of properties were said to be in the lowest efficiency bracket (band G), and 7% were in the second lowest, band F.

The 'average' category, band D, plays host to the highest proportion of homes (42%).

Unsurprisingly, energy efficiency was typically found to be higher in more recently built houses, particularly those built since 1996.

"Many homes could move into a higher energy efficiency band through simple energy saving measures such as the better insulation of lofts and external walls," said Nitesh Patel, housing economist at Halifax.

"Higher energy ratings mean lower fuel bills, which is an important consideration for many homeowners over the coming winter months, particularly in the current harsh economic climate."

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