Age is the biggest deciding factor in energy efficient homes. As environmental concerns make more and more headlines, it’s no surprise that owning an energy efficient home is more popular than ever. But did you know that the age of a property was the most important factor related to energy efficiency?
According to some interesting stats from the Office of National Statistics, age tops fuel and property type as the main influence on energy efficiency - the longer in the tooth a property is, the less energy efficient they tend to be!
While homes built after 2012 in the UK are likely to be super energy efficient, just a tiny 12% of homes built before 1900 in England have energy efficient features. In many ways, this is no surprise. If home-builders didn’t know how their actions affected the environment, why would homes be built to protect it?
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What other factors determine whether a home is energy efficient?
Age wasn’t the only deciding factor in the energy efficiency of UK homes. The study also found a big correlation between what kind of fuel was used and the type of property involved!
It’s not surprising that fuel was an important factor for energy efficiency - after all, using gas releases carbon emissions that lead to global warming. The most environmentally friendly fuel types were the community heating schemes used across the UK, and the rare case of heat pumps used in Wales. However, the most dominant fuel type was gas central heating, which remains the most popular fuel type in the UK.
After this came the issue of property type. Flats and newer properties were most likely to have an impressive energy efficiency score of EPC band C, while detached houses were less likely to have a good impact on the environment. This is presumably because a detached house covers more space, and requires more energy than a smaller apartment!
Making homes more energy efficient is not at the top of the agenda for home-owners
Not everyone in the UK is convinced by the need to make their homes more energy efficient. In a survey conducted in September 2021, a whopping 81% of those asked didn’t love the idea of making environmentally friendly improvements.
The majority of home-owners (35%) believed that their homes were already as energy-efficient as they needed to be, so why spend more time and money on making improvements? Others noted that they didn’t own their home and didn’t have the permission (29%), while many were turned off by the financial implications of making huge home improvements (28%).
Once again, the influence of age here was huge. Those who felt that their house was energy efficient enough tended to be much older, while those who didn’t own their homes were predictably youthful at 16 to 29.
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Is London the promised land for energy efficient homes?
Wondering where the highest amount of eco-friendly homes belongs? The study showed that most energy efficient homes belonged in the city, rather than more rural areas. And nothing quite says city like the City of London.
Out of the 10 most energy efficient areas in the UK, 8 are located in London! The top 5 areas were Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Southwark and the City of London. Some of the lowest areas for energy efficiency included the Isles of Scilly (only 11% were energy-efficient), Castle Point in Essex (21%), and Gwynedd in Wales (23%).
So what’s the link between where you live and energy efficiency levels? This is most likely because rural areas have a higher amount of older properties - only 1% of the homes in the Isles of Scilly were built after 2012! In contrast, cities like London are more likely to have a higher number of newer homes.
Located in London, Peabody’s range of high-quality apartments will enable you to enjoy life in one of the most energy efficient parts of the UK! With a range of sustainable new homes located in Hackney, Southwark and Tower Hamlets, you can be part of the eco-friendly revolution in no time!
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