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Landlords 'should upgrade their thermal insulation'

Landlords should install thermal insulation in their properties to ensure they are energy efficient, an industry body has claimed.

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) named cavity wall and floor insulation as significant steps towards making homes greener.

It went on to suggest that loft insulation is also helpful, as is lagging around water pipes and boilers.

Other measures included blocking draughts, installing a thermostat on the boiler and communicating with tenants about how to conserve energy themselves.

Ian Potter, operations manager at ARLA, commented: "Landlords can already take advantage of a tax allowance of up to £1,500 for these energy efficiency improvements through the Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance."

He added that is "makes sense" to get on with making the improvements sooner rather than later to enjoy the savings they can bring.

Adding wall insulation to a home can save £110 a year and typically costs around £250 to install, the Daily Mail recently reported.