All houses being sold or let should have to meet minimum standards for energy efficiency, a report has suggested.
The proposal is one of a number of measures being suggested to help consumers improve the energy efficiency of their properties, after the Government abandoned its flagship "green deal" scheme for domestic energy saving measures.
The report by think tank ResPublica also called for Government-guaranteed low interest loans for homeowners to install measures such as insulation and double glazing and for people who make their homes more energy efficient before they sell them to pay less stamp duty.
Cities should be allowed to keep revenues generated from carbon taxes and levies on energy bills so they can use the funding for local home energy efficiency projects, the report said.
A portion of the national infrastructure fund should also be devolved to city regions to invest in energy efficiency schemes.
And local authorities should designate "warm home zones" to target areas where there are few energy efficient properties and people are suffering from poor health as a result, requiring homeowners and landlords to meet strict conditions on energy saving improvements.
Boosting energy efficiency can cut consumer bills, reduce energy demand and carbon emissions, and improve health and well being, the report said.
Phillip Blond, director of ResPublica, said: "Consumers need help to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
"This report outlines workable ways to help homeowners take control of improving the energy efficiency of their homes.
"It also gives details of how devolved powers can incentivise city regions to improve efficiency of homes in their local areas ensuring they are allowed to keep the money generated from energy improvements and carbon taxes."
He added: "A centralised, top-down approach to government infrastructure spending needs to be replaced by more devolution to city regions."