Energy efficiency advice for private landlords and tenants

Do you rent?

We are working with the Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP) to help tenants with energy efficiency and tariff switching advice. Where needed simple energy saving measures may be fitted. To apply call 0800 060 7567 or apply for LEAP online

This offer is time limited so please act fast.

Gas safety

Your landlord has to have the gas appliance safety checked once a year by law and should service them regularly.

As a tenant:

  • Your landlord will give you a copy of the current gas safety record before you move in or after the check has been carried out.
  • Cooperate with your landlord and let a registered engineer in when a gas safety check or service has to be done.

Six top-tips to save energy for tenants

Here are some simple tips to help keep those fuel bills under control.

  1. Check which kind of meter the property has
    There are two types of meter usually found in a rented property, regular credit meters and prepayment meters. Regular credit meters calculate the amount of energy you have used and then send you a bill at the end of the month. With a prepayment meter you pay for your energy in advance, as with a pay and go mobile.
  1. Tariff switching
    Regardless of which meter you have, you should definitely shop around for the cheapest energy tariff.
  1. Check your tenancy agreement
    Most tenancy agreements state that you are required to leave the property in the condition you found it. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make changes while you are living there. There are a variety of easily reversible changes which can make a house more energy efficient. If the curtains the landlord provided are too thin and let too much heat escape, then take them down, put them somewhere safe and out of sight and put up your own, thicker and more draught-proof ones. Just remember to swap them back before you leave!
  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for reasonable improvements
    Keeping good relations with a landlord can be a struggle, especially when there are changes you want to make to the property. But as of 1 April 2016, new regulations mean that tenants can request the consent of their landlords to carry out energy efficiency improvements. The recommended 270mm level of loft insulation would certainly be a reasonable expectation. Landlords should be more willing to contribute to changes if it is something which could become a selling point of the property or help tenants keep up with the monthly rent payments.
  1. Keep an open dialogue with your landlord
    It is always worth having an open dialogue with your landlord about what you are both willing to improve. You may find that you have much more of a say in saving energy and money in your home than you thought.
  1. Look at your own behaviour
    Make sure you are doing everything you can to minimise how much energy you use. Be careful when you heat your water, keep the temperature low on your washing machine and keep an eye on your thermostat. Turning the thermostat down by just 1oC can result in a substantial saving. The council has a variety of tips for being more energy efficient.

Of course there might be some advantages to renting. If you live in a rented flat with other flats above, below and to your sides, then you may be getting some extra warmth and insulation for free!

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