10 Feb

Landlords: making properties more energy efficient could save money

Landlords: making properties more energy efficient could save money

Landlords with houses to rent in the UK could save money by introducing energy efficiency measures.

As part of the government's Green Deal, landlords can receive funding for eco-friendly measures, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla).

The association has highlighted a few simple steps that can be taken to make houses and flats more energy efficient.

Cavity wall, floor and loft insulation helps to minimise heat loss, and installing lagging around water pipes and boilers can help to prevent burst pipes in winter.

In addition, a thermostat can be used to make sure heating is switched off once a room has reached its ideal temperature, reducing heating bills.

Ian Potter, operations manager at Arla, said: "It makes sense therefore for landlords to carry out these improvements straight away, as considerable cost savings can be made."

A tax allowance of up to £1,500 is available through the Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance, he added.

The Department for Communities and Local Government recently announced plans to deliver tailored energy efficiency tips to homeowners and tenants.

Companies that provide services to make homes greener will examine energy performance certificates to create specific advice for each property.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800398252-ADNFCR

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