Energy efficiency is one of the major outstanding issues with regard to the housing market. Unfortunately, we do not usually give the importance it deserves to the energy rating of a property, although, in fact, it is something that seriously affects our pockets. If we followed the guidelines of the Energy Efficiency Plan that the State started in 2011, we would realize that we would save a lot of money.



The Energy Efficiency Plan is the result of implementing the energy savings targets of the European Council of June 2010. The goal is to achieve a saving of 20% of primary energy consumption by 2020.

As a consequence of these obligations, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, in collaboration with the IDAE (Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving), developed the Action Plan for Energy Saving and Efficiency 2011-2020, which includes an annex With the quantification of the energy savings obtained in 2010 compared to 2004 and 2007, in accordance with the methodological recommendations on measurement and verification of the savings of the European Commission. Likewise, it establishes the action plan that must be taken during these years to assume the established objectives.


Energy Efficiency Plan


In our homes, measures to comply with EU directives, the Energy Energy Plan translates them into the Technical Building Code (CTE) for new buildings, in force since 2007, and the energy label needed to market housing, mandatory since 2013.

The problem is that the concept of energy label continues to play a secondary role in the real estate market. This crude energy reality has come to light with the processing of certificates of houses for sale or rent. Tinsa Certify has made an X-ray based on your sample. Up to 43% of the labels issued by this firm (more than 40,000) have resulted in the letter G, the lowest rating, while another 14% has obtained the F and 36.9% the E. Only 5% Of houses achieves A, B, C or D tags.

The answer to this situation is that the citizen has perceived the label as a new tax, reason why it has not been made aware of the economic advantages of the energy saving.




Tinsa Certify has estimated the annual energy expenditure «necessary to guarantee an average level of comfort» according to the energy classification of the house. While fueling a house G costs 2,500 euros per year, supplying a house A supposes 200. This calculation is made on a floor in Madrid capital of 100 square meters useful with an antiquity close to 50 years. The amount in the case of a building E, a rating that is not difficult to achieve, amounts to 1,200 euros per year. From Tinsa Certify insists that with a moderate investment can significantly improve the efficiency of houses and achieve significant savings, which would pay off in a few years the payment for improvement.

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