Scottish homeowners 'go green'

Those looking to buy a house in Scotland may well get a greener property than they expect, research by Co-operative Bank Mortgages suggests.

A study by the financial services provider indicates that Britons plan to spend £13.7 billion on reducing their carbon footprint.

More than two-thirds of Scottish respondents stated that they have already taken steps to make their homes kinder to the environment over the past 12 months.

Among the most popular green improvements made to properties include draught-proofing a home, investing in cavity wall insulation and adding loft insulation.

John Barker, head of mortgages at the firm, comments: "This research clearly shows that people are really starting to sit up and take notice of green issues in relation to their homes."

Meanwhile, in other news that may be of interest to those looking to buy or sell a house in Scotland, it was recently reported by Halifax that housing stock in the country reached a total of £247 billion during 2007.