With the UK Government focusing more on Green schemes and encouraging others to cut their own carbon emissions, here are the current pros and cons of making your property greener.

PRO: Environmentally Friendly Property

The UK has set a goal to slash carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, and get to net-zero emissions by 2050.
This means that properties with outdated, polluting technology will lose value.
Transforming your home into one that is environmentally friendly not only helps the planet but helps your property hold long-term value.

CON: Teething Issues with the Technology

Green Tech is a developing field, meaning not every installation will go perfectly. Solar Panels, for example, have been known to attract birds nests in the roof of your home, and poorly installed ones have caused roof damage. If you are considering green property improvements, make sure you fully research the technology’s suitability for your property.

PRO: Improved Long-Term Energy Efficiency

It’s estimated by The Renewable Energy Hub that, by installing a heat pump into your property, you can cut the amount of electricity used for heating by 30-40%. A similar story goes for A-rated energy-efficient double glazing – which can save £80-110 per year for a semi-detached home in energy bills.

CON: Costs and Troubles of Maintenance

An annual service check on solar panels can cost between £100 and £200 a year, according to Checkatrade. Other providers recommend checking and cleaning solar panels every 6 months. Similar check-ups could be needed on biomass boilers and heat pumps. However, improvements like room & roof insulation will generally need little maintenance.

PRO: Improvements in Air Quality

In 2012, WHO (World Health Organisation) reported that indoor air pollutants were responsible for around 99,000 European deaths per year. We spend, on average, 16 hours a day at home. With that, it could be beneficial to improve the energy efficiency of your property. Updated green technology could go some way to improving the air quality.

CON: The Initial Cost of Green Improvements

The average price of an electric car is £14,000 higher than a petrol-powered car. Even though the electric car costs less over time, the initial cost is huge, and the same goes for green property improvements. A ground-source heat pump is a system that transfers heat to or from the ground to control the temperature of a home. However, installing one of these will set you back between £20,000-£35,000 for a 2-3 bedroom property.

PRO: Government Grants Covering Cost

The UK Government has set out a voucher system to help homeowners improve their property with green technology. The maximum contribution is £5000 (£10,000 for low-income households), and it will aim to cover two-thirds of the cost of the chosen improvement.
Available choices are on the Government website.