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Landlords given advice on saving energy

By April 1st 2018, all domestic properties must meet minimum energy standards before they are let out to tenants.
 
This change in legislation means that the onus is on landlords to ensure their property portfolios meet these criteria.
 
Furthermore, by April 1st 2016, private tenants have the right to request consent for energy efficiency measures to be introduced.
 
This puts a time pressure on those who rent out properties, to ensure they meet the required standards.
 
Luckily help is at hand in the form of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), a government scheme whereby energy companies are required to find ways to cut carbon emissions among the country's energy users.
 
At the recent Landlord and Letting Show, the RLA Energy Saving Team were on hand to offer advice to those in the letting business about how they can make the most of such schemes.
 
ECO funding allows people to have solid wall insulation installed for free. This will have a direct impact on how energy efficient a home is and will help protect against draughts, condensation, mould and damp.
 
Chief executive of the RLA Andrew Goodacre said: "I would urge landlords to act, the law is rightly changing, and, improved energy efficiency is a win win."
 
Landlords are also advised to switch light bulbs to energy saving varieties. Smart meters are another way to keep better track of energy use and installing one means that you don't have to worry about tenants being in when people call for metre readings, as they're no longer necessary.
 
When you let out a property, it is vital to ensure you are getting the best deal from your utilities supplier. There are often discounts available when you opt for a so-called dual fuel plan and when you manage your account online.
 
While it may seem like a steep initial outlay, ensuring you have an efficient boiler is one of the most effective ways to improve energy efficiency in the home. Replacing a boiler to a more efficient model can make a real difference to bills, and that means happy tenants and ultimately happier landlords.


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