Green groups warn MPs not to delay Hips

Posted: 17 May 2007 10:00:59 GMT


            Property News - Green groups warn MPs not to delay Hips

A coalition of green energy groups warned MPs yesterday not to delay the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which will be included in home information packs (Hips).

A coalition of green energy groups warned MPs yesterday not to delay the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which will be included in home information packs (Hips).

The groups, including Friends of the Earth and WWF UK said that to remove the inclusion of certificates in packs would slow down the introduction of EPCs.

It is believed that EPCs will make homes more energy efficient and will recommend ways to improve the effectiveness of how a home is run, leading to savings on fuel bills.

The coalition claims that carbon dioxide emissions from homes have risen dramatically over the last couple of years.

Government officials say that £300 on average in a home could be saved each year if efficiency guidelines are adhered to.

"Our homes are responsible for around a quarter of UK carbon dioxide emissions. Energy Performance Certificates will help householders cut fuel bills and help tackle climate change. MPs must not delay the introduction of EPCs on June 1st," said green homes campaigner from Friends of the Earth Dave Timms.

Yesterday, MPs voted against a delay in the introduction Hips, after the Conservatives opposed their implementation.

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