Winter energy saving tips for landlords

Key ways landlords can help are:

•Install energy-saving light bulbs. It’s one of the easiest ways to cut down on electricity usage as they use up to 80 per cent less power. The bulbs also last longer, so don’t have to be replaced as frequently.

•Check the loft insulation. It should be insulated to a minimum depth of 270mm to stop heat loss through the ceiling.

•Cavity wall and floor insulation is just as important. Ensure both are properly insulated to stop heat escaping.

•Fitting lagging to hot water pipes and tanks can significantly reduce heat loss, help reduce mould from condensation and stops pipes from freezing.

•Drafts can cause heat loss of up to 20 per cent. This can be prevented by filling gaps between floorboards and skirting boards and draught proofing doors and windows.

David Salusbury, Chairman, National Landlords Association, said:

“With the rising cost of gas and electricity, tenants are increasingly choosing properties that are cheaper to heat.

“And with everyone wanting to do their bit for the environment, landlords can help make their properties more desirable and reduce voids by taking a few simple steps to make them more energy efficient.

“As part of Energy Saving Week the NLA encourages all landlords to consider ways they can make their properties greener to both help the environment and help reduce their tenant’s energy bills.”

Under the government’s Landlords Energy Saving Allowance, landlords can benefit from tax concessions of up to £1,500 per year per property to help with the purchase and installation of insulation and draft proofing.

The government is also planning to introduce a green loan scheme which would cover the costs of energy efficiency improvements to properties, with the money paid back over 25 years through utility bills. This would be offset by the money saved through reduced energy consumption as a result of the improvements.

Increasing the energy efficiency of a property will also help improve its Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.

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2 thoughts on “Winter energy saving tips for landlords

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    Your refrigerator consumes a whopping 13.7 percent of household energy. Refrigerator efficiency has really improved in the past few years, so if you haven’t gotten a new fridge recently, replacing yours probably makes sense. If you have an older second fridge in your garage or basement, you’ll save big by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model (or, of course, by getting rid of it!).

  2. Sam Price

    We think so.

    If landlords were to actually pay attention to the EPC which has been completed, and perhaps make changes with their reccommendations which have been provided…. I believe, particularly money concious tenants would find an Energy Efficient property much more appealing.

    The difference between an EPC Band C and Band G property can equal hundreds of pounds of savings accross the heating and electricity bills, if tenants were to bear this in mind at the time of agree’ing a tenancy, they may be able to afford a more expensive property PCM for their money.

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