SIX in ten Scots (60 per cent) would consider re-negotiating the asking price for a property if they discovered it was highly energy-inefficient – according to a new Energy Saving Trust survey.
The results come at a time when those selling their home need to prepare to publish the energy efficiency rating of their property to prospective buyers.
Says a spokesperson: “From 1 December 2008, properties for sale in Scotland will require a Home Report – which includes the requirement for an Energy Report and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to be produced.
“The Energy Report contains an assessment of the properties energy efficiency, its environmental impact and recommendations on how to improve its carbon emissions. Within the report, EPCs highlight to prospective buyers the energy performance of a property, providing a rating between A-G the higher the rating the more energy efficient it is.
“The Energy Saving Trust report suggests that 60 per cent of Scots say that they would re-negotiate the price they would rent or pay for a property if it was F or G-rated, while more than a quarter (26 per cent) would be embarrassed if they lived in an F or G-rated home.
“The report also highlights that two-thirds of Scots (66 per cent) are unaware that from 1 December 2008 when a property in Scotland is sold the seller will need to provide the buyer with evidence of how well it scores when it comes to energy efficiency.
Mike Thornton, director for Scotland, Energy Saving Trust, said: “We welcome the forthcoming introduction of Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland and hope they will encourage landlords and homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their properties.”
“We urge all homeowners and landlords to see this as an opportunity not a challenge.”
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