London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 12, 2009 -- Landlords are seeking to reduce the carbon footprint on their properties to attract tenants during the downturn, National Landlords` Association (NLA) the claims. The organisation suggests that prospective tenants are likely to be `more attracted` to a property with low carbon emissions, as this is likely to mean lower fuel bills. According to figures from the Energy Saving Trust, UK homes account for 27 per cent of the UK`s CO2 emissions, but simple improvements can help to cut energy costs and reduce a property's carbon footprint.
Anthony Zahra, spokesperson for the NLA, explained: `Landlords are already investing in energy saving measures prior to the launch of the EPC [Energy Eerformance Certificate] and this is in response to growing market demand for energy efficient properties. With the credit crunch tenants are looking for lower fuel bills and landlords seem to be responding positively to this. The Energy Savings Trust indicates that good EPCs can boost the value of a property by an average of #163;3,350 when it is sold.