Majority Of Public Say Yes To HIPS Despite Government Doubt

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Despite the announcement by the Government to delay the introduction of Home Information Packs (HIPs) until 1st August 2007, when they will become compulsory for all houses with four or more bedrooms in the UK, new research from Hyder Consulting reveals that the majority of UK adults are in favour of the introduction of HIPs, with 51% claiming that a property's energy efficiency rating is a key consideration when purchasing a new home.

Support for HIPS appears strong across the entire country with people in the East Midlands most in favour of their introduction with 60% stating that a property's energy efficiency rating is important to them, whilst those in Scotland are the least supportive with just under a half (45%) believing the same.

The findings of the research show that more and more Britons are becoming environmentally aware and are attempting to embrace the idea of 'green living' with only 14% saying that they would not take the energy efficiency rating into consideration when looking at a house or flat.

Indeed, over three quarters of UK adults (78%) say that running costs and energy efficiency are important when choosing one property over another, with just 3% saying that it is not important at all.

Chris Evans, Head of Environmental Solutions at Hyder Consulting commented: "The research shows that the choice to make our homes more energy efficient will no longer be made on ethical grounds alone, but financial as well. Clearly, property buyers are increasingly taking a property's carbon footprint into account. The level of energy efficiency within a property may be used as a bargaining tool by both parties in negotiations.

"Once they have been fully introduced HIPs may prove to be a key turning point in the push to make homes more sustainable. However we must be aware that a sustainable home and lifestyle does not stop with HIPs. It is important that we all continue to do everything we can from minimising our carbon footprint to recycling in order to help save our planet."

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