Almost 1.7 million do not have the potential to improve higher than an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of between D and G, according to fresh analysis of over 15 million homes across England & Wales by Rightmove. Gwynedd in Wales has the highest proportion of homes with an EPC rating of D or below (77.4%), which could be reduced to 21.7% of homes if recommended improvements were made, according to the study. Castle Point in Essex comes in second with 77.2% of homes rated D or below, though it has the potential to reduce to 13% of all homes. Tower Hamlets in London has the lowest proportion of homes with a current EPC rating of D or below, at 27.4%. The government’s current aspiration is to have as many homes as possible reach a C rating by 2035 in England and Wales, with an earlier target of 2030 for private rented homes. Across England and Wales, 59% of homes have a D, E, F or G rating and there is the potential for this to be reduced to 11% of homes if recommended improvements were made, according to the research.
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