Homes to be Energy-Rated in UK

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Starting next year, every house sold in England and Wales will be given an energy efficiency rating like those found on electrical goods. The Energy Performance Certificate will be part of the new Home Information Packs being introduced next June. Each house on the real estate market will be rated by an independent inspector and given a rating from "A" to "G," with A being the highest. The rating will be based on energy efficiency and the carbon dioxide impact created by heating and powering the house. Homes are responsible for about a third of the UK's total energy requirements; to help mitigate climate change, this must be significantly reduced, according to UK scientists. Housing minister Yvette Cooper said that, as well as helping buyers and sellers to reduce carbon emissions, it would also help them reduce money spent on bills. "Given the growing challenge from climate change and rising energy costs, I think people should be entitled to this kind of information about the home they buy," she said. "You can get this kind of consumer information on fridges and washing machines so why not on a home?" Between this and London's mini eco-city, things are headed in the right direction in the UK. via ::BBC

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