Energy efficiency deadline looming for property landlords27th September 2016
Energy efficiency company BillSaveUK, is urging property landlords nationwide to ensure their properties meet the requirements of the 2011 Energy Act before it’s too late.
According to the Act, from April 2018 it will be illegal to let residential properties in the UK with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G. Properties with these ratings currently account for around 680,000 of the rented housing stock in England with over 40% of these households unable to afford their energy bills – living in fuel poverty.
Energy inefficient homes are typically those built prior to 1980 if little or no improvements have been made. They might be suffering from a lack of cavity wall and loft insulation, single glazed windows, gas-guzzling boilers or energy-eating light bulbs. When a number of these elements are combined, it can drag a home down to the lower end of the EPC scale and as BillSaveUK director Bill Rumble explains, it’s time to do something about it.
“We need to improve the energy efficiency of our housing stock. Some families are having to choose between heating their home or putting food on the table and this simply isn’t acceptable, especially when a few simple changes can really make a world of difference.”
An EPC assessment, which can be carried out by BillSaveUK, will determine what energy efficiency rating a property currently has and help identify what improvements could be made, if required, to bring it up to the legal rating of E or above. This could be as simple as having insulation installed in the walls and loft – and thanks to ECO funding from the Government, this could even be installed free of charge*.
Rumble continued: “When it comes to rented properties, awareness and compliance to energy efficiency standards is incredibly important as it falls to the landlord to ensure homes aren’t costing too much for tenants to heat. The good news is, the steps to fall in line with the 2011 Energy Act are really easy – following an EPC assessment, simple recommendations can be made and energy efficiency measures could even be installed free of charge.”
According to the Energy Saving Trust, homes can lose 35% of their heat through their walls and a further 25% through the roof. This can be eradicated by having loft insulation installed to the recommended depth, saving up to £240 per year on energy bills and cavity wall insulation, if the property is suitable, saving up to £275 per year.
For further information visit www.billsaveuk.com or call 0800 616 302.
*All insulation measures are subject to eligibility criteria and a technical survey.