MSP concerned about threat to rural home value

Nanette Milne MSP, Shadow Minister for the Environment, has demanded a meeting to urge the SNP Scottish Government to think again and review home Energy Performance Certificates.

Her call follows concern that the certificates may impact on rural property values, due to poor ratings for homes and businesses using Calor or LPG fuel.

Around 4,500 homes in Aberdeenshire are said to depend on Calor or LPG for their heating.

It is estimated that 19,000 homes across Scotland rely on LPG for their heating. LPG has the lowest carbon emissions of all the fossil fuels available in rural areas, emitting 19% less CO2 per kWh than heating oil, 30% less than coal and more than 50% less than electricity.

Nanette Milne has already been told that the Scottish Government has no plans to review the principles set out within the current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) methodology. She has today written to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Sustainable Growth asking for a meeting and for him to think again by reviewing the Home Energy Performance Certificate.

"I am very disappointed with the head in the sand approach the SNP Government has taken on Home Energy Performance Certificates,” Dr Milne says.

“Across Scotland around a third of all homes have no access to mains gas. LPG is the greenset alternative and emits 19% less CO2 per kWh than heating oil, 30% less than coal and more than 50% less than electricity.”

Dr Milne fears the new Home Energy Performance Certificate, which rates every home on its energy efficiency, could impact on property prices across Scotland.

"Many people in rural parts of Scotland who use Calor or LPG fuel to heat their homes will be worried the SNP Government is just not listening and find that they are given a poor energy rating through no fault of their own," Dr Milne concludes.
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