Energy Efficient Rentals – Tips to Boost Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is now at the top of the list for many tenants thanks to the ever-rising energy bills and the current cost of living crisis. An energy-efficient property will appeal to a broader audience, lead to longer tenancies, and reduce potential rental issues.

So, how do you improve the energy efficiency of your rental? Read on to find out.

Tips for Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficient Appliances

Switching to more economical home appliances can significantly affect overall energy consumption. These appliances will have an energy efficiency label, rating them from G (low energy efficiency) to A (high energy efficiency), helping you determine if they are the best for your rental:

  • Dishwasher
  • Tv
  • Boiler
  • Washing machine/dryer
  • Fridge freezer
  • Lightbulbs
  • Oven

Double Glazing

Double-glazed windows and doors significantly reduce heat loss compared to single-glazed. Double-glazed windows insulate a home, reduce external sound, keep the property cooler in summer, and protect carpets and furniture from sun fading and damage.

Loft Insulation

Did you know that about 25% of a property’s heat escapes through the roof? A well-insulated loft can reduce this significantly, therefore reducing energy consumption. While loft insulation is not a cheap option, the investment will soon pay for itself as insulation will often last up to forty years. An insulated loft will also have the potential for extra living space, which will undoubtedly increase the appeal and value of your property.

Smart Meter

Smart meters are being installed in properties quickly thanks to a Government scheme. They are free and can help your tenants track their energy consumption. Sometimes this is all it takes to nudge people to make wiser energy consumption decisions. Most energy providers offer smart meters, and many tenants will prefer a property that has one. Most homes will have a smart meter fitted at some point eventually; why not now?

Replace the Lightbulbs

Energy efficient lightbulbs can save on average £32 off an energy bill annually. Switching from regular to energy-efficient bulbs is easy and immediately cost-effective. Lighting makes up 15-20% of a property’s energy bills, so ensuring your lighting is as economically friendly as possible makes sense. When calculating a property’s EPC rating, lighting is one of the categories to be assessed.

If you are looking to rent out your property, contact Hardings Lettings on 01277 233400.