A range of tax breaks for homes that install energy-efficient technology could help to increase the take up of solar panels and other systems, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has suggested.
The organisation has responded to the less than favourable figures concerning the take-up of the government's flagship energy scheme – the Green Deal.
Recent figures have suggested that less than one percent of households who had obtained a Green Deal assessment actually accessed the scheme since it was introduced in January.
The UK-GBC has suggested that properties should be taxed for poor environmental practice, whereas homes that have energy-efficient systems should be offered relief from Stamp Duty and Council Tax.
For example, for people buying houses that are above an energy efficient standard, a discount in Stamp Duty will be provided. Conversely, this will be higher if its rating is poor. The same kind of system would be implemented for Council Tax under the UK-GBC's proposals.
It has also been suggested that an energy efficiency feed-in tariff should be introduced for those significantly cutting their demand for energy.
Such a move could potentially deliver between 65,000 and 169,000 retrofits a year, providing homes with solar panels, energy-efficient boilers and other carbon reducing technology.
Furthermore, it could increase the uptake of the Green Deal and provide much needed support for low income households who are at risk of fuel poverty. It will also help the government to reach targets based on energy efficiency.
Chief executive of the UK-GBC Paul King said: "This sends a powerful message to the government that there are viable policy options available to boost demand for the green deal and help tackle the UK's energy efficiency crisis.
"The research shows not only the impact additional incentives would have on carbon savings, but how they could breathe new life into the construction sector and boost economic growth."
He added that some "tough political choices need to be made" in order to encourage more households to become more energy efficient.