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Four ways to make your rental property more energy efficient

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The energy performance of privately rented properties is under the microscope, with data showing that domestic properties account for around 19% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, the push to net zero will involve making our homes more energy efficient.

The private rented sector (PRS) will likely lead the way, with the Government expected to unveil new rules on the minimum standards of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) requirements for PRS properties.

We look at some of the most common ways landlords can improve the energy performance of their rental property.

Upgrading the heating system

One of the most effective and efficient ways to improve the energy usage in your property is to upgrade the heating system.

Installing a more energy efficient boiler can significantly reduce the energy used and result in lower utility bills. A property’s heating system is often its biggest contributor to its carbon footprint so upgrading to a more condensed grade ‘A’ boiler could have a significant impact on the EPC rating of the property.

Installing a smart meter when upgrading the property’s heating system is another way to potentially improve energy efficiency. Data showing how much energy we are consuming can act as a great reminder to reduce any unnecessary usage.

Installing double-glazed windows

Installing double-glazed windows can help to reduce the heat lost from a building.

Along with improved energy grading, installing double-glazed windows has other benefits that can make your property more attractive and appealing to potential tenants, such as noise reduction and keeping the property cooler in the warmer months because the double-glazing acts as insulation against the sun.

Upgrading the insulation of the property

Upgrading the insulation in the property, such as the roof, walls, floors, windows or door lining, can have a substantial impact on the EPC rating due to the high percentage of heat that can be lost through the overall shell of the property.

Like double glazing, insulation can help to regulate the temperature of a property, keeping it warm in winter and cool throughout the summer.

Insulation can be one of the biggest costs when improving a home’s energy efficiency but is likely to impact the EPC rating the most, leading to long term savings in energy expenditure.  

Upgrade to LED lightbulbs

Replacing your halogen and incandescent lightbulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is a quick and fuss-free way to improve the energy efficiency of a property.

LED lightbulbs not only help to reduce the carbon footprint of properties but also, compared to standard lightbulbs, have a longer lifespan, no heat or UV emissions, are low voltage usage and can be used directionally, something that adds to their energy efficiency.  Upgrading the lightbulbs in your property to LED’s is a no brainer!

The improvements and maintenance jobs within your property can range from big to small. In the long run, these upgrades will prepare your property for any new EPC requirements, while also benefitting your tenants and helping to reduce carbon emissions.

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