Whilst it might be difficult for tenants to actually do some of these things that I have listed as they would fall under the landlord’s responsibility there would certainly be no harm in asking the agent or landlord to help improve the rating on the property. With effect from 1st April 2016 tenants will be able to request consent from their landlords to carry out energy efficiency improvements to privately rented properties. The landlord will not be able to unreasonably refuse consent. It will, however, be the responsibility of the tenants to ensure that the works are funded and the intention is that no upfront costs should fall on the landlord, unless the landlord agrees to contribute.
There is however plenty of little things you can do to help yourself here are my top tips.
- Make sure hot water tanks are insulated and any loft space that is not used.
- Shower and don’t bath so often and limit the time you are in the shower, share the shower it can be fun!
- If you have fire places that you don’t use, install chimney balloons they will help keep draughts out. Of course if you use the fire place make sure you remove it before lighting the fire!
- Turn down your room thermostat by a couple of degrees; they say you can save £50.00 for every degree you turn down.
- Replace all your light bulbs with low energy LED bulbs, not only do they use less energy they up to 90%, you also save money because they last much longer.
- Avoid using tumble dryers where ever possible, thing about having a pulley installed in a kitchen, for example especially if you have high ceilings or a shed, or a garage. If you do have a tumble dryer ensure you remove the lint in the filter on a regular basis.
- Only boil as much water as you need in a kettle.
- Install tap aerators, these inject air into water and whilst it looks like there is no impact on the water used you do only use a fraction of the water. Also install low flow shower heads; it does the same job on showers.
- If you have a dishwasher use it, you save much more water than you would by washing dishes by hand always use the ECO setting.
- Think about installing a smart thermostat and making the most of technology, you can control the temperature at home from your phone.