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higher taxes for non-green homeowners

Homeowners who fail to make their property more energy efficient should face higher council tax and stamp duty, government advisers have said.

Environmental group UK Green Buildings Council has called for homeowners without insulation or double glazing in place to pay more, the Daily Mail reported.

The organisation said that the penalties should be implemented at the same time as the introduction of green mortgages, which will allow homeowners to apply for additional loans to spend on equipment to make their homes more energy efficient.

Matthew Sinclair, of the TaxPayers Alliance, told the news provider: "It is absolutely shocking that the government is still threatening new bogus green taxes when taxpayers are already paying a fortune in higher prices for their electricity, gas and petrol thanks to ineffective global warming policies.

"There is no evidence the public aren't already deploying cost-effective efficiency measures."

The Energy Saving Trust advises homeowners to pay their energy bills by direct debit and take regular meter readings to help save money.

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