Mortgage provider ING Direct recently surveyed 1000 people asking for their top ‘deal-sealers’ when purchasing a new home. The survey results show that the most wanted property extra is solar panels. Thirty eight per cent of the survey respondents said that they would like solar panels over other non-essentials such as walk-in wardrobes and satellite television.
Here’s the full top ten from ING:
|1||Solar panels||38 per cent|
|2=||Weekly bin collections||32 per cent|
|2=||Satellite tv connection||23 per cent|
|4||Greenhouse||25 per cent|
|5||Walk-in wardrobe||24 per cent|
|6||Good 3G signal||20 per cent|
|7||Giant bath tub||19 per cent|
|8=||Outdoor power supply||18 per cent|
|8=||Pantry or larder||18 per cent|
|10||Garden pond||15 per cent|
The increasing popularity of solar panels over the past couple of years has been aided by the feed-in tariff, but also by constantly increasing energy prices. More than 360,000 homes now have a solar pv system – 349 per cent higher than August last year.
Homes with solar panels can receive an annual benefit of around £600-£700 from feed-in tariff payments and bill savings combined.