Property portal, Residential People, has developed a new search filter that allows people to find properties based on their energy efficiency rating.
Unlike existing property portals which display the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on a property-by-property basis, the Residential People function encourages buyers and renters to make greener choices when it comes to choosing their next home.
The user-friendly search facility enables property hunters to specify which level of energy efficiency they would like in their home, and view only those properties that match their chosen energy rating.
Christopher May, Director of Residential People states: “During the pandemic we have all spent more time indoors than we’d normally do and as such, many of us are finding that our energy bills are subsequently skyrocketing as a result.
“While there are several companies out there who can help property owners and renters save money on their existing bills, we found that there are very little resources in place to help property hunters make informed energy-related decisions before being enticed or committed to a purchase.”
May adds: “With our new energy efficiency class filtering system we can not only help property seekers to make better purchasing decisions, but also help the environment by promoting energy efficient homes.”
Why energy efficiency matters
It is a legal requirement in the UK to have a valid EPC when a building is sold, rented or constructed.
A property’s EPC needs to be available to potential buyers as soon as it is marketed for for sale or rent to inform people how energy efficient the property is, including any potential savings on fuel payments.
It is currently mandatory for all rental properties in the private rented sector to have an EPC rating of E or above, but the government says the minimum level of energy efficiency required will be raised to a band C in 2030.