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Homeowners say green houses easier to sell

House builders should put more stock in the green credentials of the houses they construct because half of homeowners believe homes with green features are easier to sell.

The Energy Saving Trust said research has indicated householders are willing to pay on average £3,350 more for a green home, and half feel that estate agents don’t put enough value on a home’s green features while 56 per cent feel estate agents don’t know enough about energy efficiency performance.

Energy Saving Trust chief executive Philip Sellwood said: “It is really encouraging to see the extent to which green measures have become an integral factor when buying and selling houses.”

“In the current economic climate, it makes sense to ensure that the running costs of the home you are living in or buying are as low as possible as well as helping to cut down on your carbon dioxide emissions.”