We have seen dramatic changes to the energy performance of rental properties over the last fiv...
We have seen dramatic changes to the energy performance of rental properties over the last five years, however our bills are still increasing every month. There are a number of free and easy changes we can all make which will help to lower the amount of CO2 we produce - as well as save money!
Free and easy changes to make
Think about the following when you are at home:
- Cover your pans when you cook - this could reduce the amount of energy you use by 90%;
- Be careful not to overfill your kettle for just one cup of tea.
- Switch off from standby! A TV left on standby will create 30kg CO2 over the course of a year;
- Turn lights off when you leave a room;
- Reach for a jumper before going for the thermostat - and close your curtains at night so heat doesn't escape through the window. Turning your heating down by just one degree
can cut up to 10% off your fuel bills - saving between £15 and £30 per year;
- Don't leave the fridge door open for too long as cold air will escape and the fridge will need to use a lot more electricity to get the temperature back to the correct level;
- Shut out the night and keep in the heat, but make sure you don’t drape your curtains over radiators as this sends heat straight out of your windows
Measures with a cost
Some changes have an associated cost, such as:
- Fit energy saving bulbs to any lights you use for an average of four hours or more a day. These use around a quarter of the electricity and last eight times longer than an ordinary bulb.
- Draughtproof your windows and doors - for an initial outlay of £40 you could save about 100kg CO2 and around £12 a year;
- Make sure your loft insulation is at least 270mm thick. A poorly insulated loft could lose up to 25% of your heating. If you do this yourself it should cost less than £100;
- Fit cavity wall insulation if you can. Cost around £300 but could save you £100 a year; and Local Councils do offer schemes for this to be free in some areas. Call IBC to check.
As a letting agent the biggest tip I can pass on to tenants – and anyone looking to save a bit of energy is; DEFROST YOUR FREEZER REGULARLY. Normal freezers should be defrosted at least once every six months – or when the ice gets to about 3 mm thick. This will not only save you money on the energy saved but will lengthen the lifespan of the appliance.
If you would like advice on any aspect of renting your property please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01473 212323 one of our team will be happy to assist you.
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