Being energy efficient not only helps the environment, but can reduce energy bills and benefit your health.
Landlords must provide a current energy performance certificate (EPC) for each property they let. The EPC will show an energy efficiency rating for the energy performance of a home, similar to the ratings now displayed in shops on refrigerators and washing machines.
The regulations around EPCs for privately-rented properties is changing from 2018 and more information is below.
For more information and general guidance on EPCs, please visit.
Help with energy bills
For many, rising fuel prices mean that keeping a warm home is difficult to afford. See if you can get financial help with your energy bills.
You might be able to save money on your energy bills by changing tariff or switching to a new supplier. The Energy Savings Trust has advice for home owners, businesses and schools on all energy matters including:
- Renewable Energy, e.g. wind and solar power
Changes to energy efficiency standards in private rented properties
The law is changing regarding energy efficiency in private rented accommodation. In the future, all privately rented properties will need to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Landlords who do not comply with the new regulations risk being fined up to £4,000.
The regulations will come into effect for new lets and renewals of tenancies from April 1, 2018 and for all existing tenancies on April 1, 2020.
More information is available on the Residential Landlords Association website.
For more advice on energy efficiency
- Contact Warm Homes for advice on grants and benefits that you might be entitled to and saving money on your energy bills (0116) 3054286
- Home Heat Helpline - if you are worried about paying your fuel bills and keeping your home warm 0800 336699
- The Citizens Advice Bureau - Advice in many areas including energy supply, recommendations when switching suppliers and reading your meter or understanding your bill 08444 111444
- UK Energy Saving - Advice on energy saving in your home and green living (e.g. fair trade, recycling and saving water).
- Energy Savings Secrets - Tips and advice on having a greener lifestyle and news on all energy issues.
- The Pension Service - If you get the State Pension, then you may be entitled to Winter Fuel Payments 08459 151515
- goenergyshopping.co.uk - An easy guide to shopping around for a better energy deal. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Carbon Trust - Helps business and the public sector reduce carbon emissions and capture the commercial opportunities of low carbon technologies 0800 085 2005
- Energy grants calculator - Find out if you are eligible for help with your energy bills or to make your home more energy efficient.
- Tenants' energy efficiency improvements provisions - guidance for domestic landlords and tenants - Guidance for tenants, landlords and others with an interest in domestic private rented property on part two of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015.
We have also put together a resource efficiency toolkit to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Charnwood to benefit from their resource efficiency.
Last updated: Wed 22nd August, 2018 @ 08:56