A recent study indicates that a staggering 81% of homes in Bradford, totalling 127,855 properties, could enhance their energy efficiency, according to data analysed by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s premier supplier of specialist ironmongery.

This revelation comes at a crucial juncture, as the House of Commons deliberates on the government’s proposed Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill. Should the bill be approved, it will mandate all owner-occupied residences to attain a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C by the year 2035.

To shed light on the nationwide scenario, IronmongeryDirect examined over 18 million property records across the UK. The findings were compiled into an interactive map, revealing the local authorities with the highest potential for improving energy efficiency. Birmingham, Leeds, and Cornwall emerged as the leading areas in need of energy upgrades.

The top ten UK local authorities with homes that could benefit from increased energy efficiency are as follows:

1. Birmingham – 238,926
2. Leeds – 187,293
3. Cornwall – 149,926
4. County Durham – 147,263
5. Bradford – 127,855
6. Manchester – 125,289
7. Liverpool – 119,954
8. Sheffield – 117,315
9. Wiltshire – 116,781
10. Buckinghamshire – 116,381

To assist homeowners in boosting their energy ratings in 2024, IronmongeryDirect sought advice from Oliver Creevy, Managing Director at Insulation Advisor. Creevy outlined seven effective methods for enhancing energy efficiency:

1. **Install a condensing boiler:** Upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient boiler, such as a condensing boiler, can significantly reduce energy consumption and enhance heating system performance.

2. **Replace windows and doors:** Windows and doors play a crucial role in maintaining a well-insulated home. Upgrading to double or triple glazing for windows and replacing doors, particularly those with gaps or poor sealing, can contribute to better insulation.

3. **Upgrade insulation:** Assess current insulation levels and suggest upgrades where necessary, including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, and insulating floors.

4. **Draught-proofing:** Sealing gaps around windows, doors, and other openings prevents cold air from entering and warm air from escaping, improving energy efficiency and maintaining a consistent temperature.

5. **Install solar panels:** Despite the initial investment, solar panels offer long-term benefits such as lower electricity bills and a reduced carbon footprint, making them a worthwhile investment for those embracing renewable energy solutions.

6. **Replace old appliances:** Upgrading outdated appliances with energy-efficient models can lead to substantial energy savings. Look for appliances with a high Energy Efficiency Rating to ensure adherence to strict efficiency guidelines.

7. **Address air leaks:** Identifying and sealing air leaks, including those around windows, doors, and other openings, is a cost-effective way to improve home energy efficiency, preventing heat loss and reducing the workload on heating and cooling systems.

Ellis Osborn, Ecommerce Manager at IronmongeryDirect, said: “The push for greater energy efficiency will ultimately benefit us all, but it is of particular interest to tradespeople, who will undoubtedly be required to help the nation on this journey.

“The demand for sustainable buildings could create lots of opportunities in our industry, and that’s why we’ve launched our new interactive map, so people can spot areas where the most work is required.”

To explore the interactive map and assess opportunities in each local authority, visit: [IronmongeryDirect Interactive Map](https://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/research/warmer-homes-greener-planet)