Cold properties could be damaging your health!

Posted: 21/05/2012

May is not usually a month to worry about the cold, but you should be preparing for next winter by insulating your home before the inevitable chilly months arrive!

If you have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out on your property, it will give your home an energy efficiency rating and also recommend what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. This will not only saving the planet and your wealth, but could also save your health too!

The Chartered Institute for Environmental Health carried out a study that revealed the NHS spends around £145 million a year on illnesses caused by living in cold houses. The report also states that over 650,000 rented properties in England have an EPC rating of F or G which is the lowest grade, meaning they could be so cold, they’re a health hazard.

The most common problems which made a property dangerously cold were faulty boilers and poor insulation. These conditions can cause respiratory illnesses, hypothermia and even a stroke.

The Chartered Institution for Environmental Health wants the Government to take action against the landlords that rent out poorly insulated homes and to give tenants who file an environmental health complaint legal protection so they are not evicted.

Would you like an EPC carried out on your home? At Pali, our expert Energy Assessor's can visit your property and carry out an energy survey. If you would be interested in obtaining an EPC or you would like more information, please call 0151 691 1170 or email

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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