28 June 2017

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Making homes more eco-friendly goes hand in hand with lower gas and electricity bills, as well as of course, helping to look after the environment. 

As a landlord your property’s Energy Performance Rating can make your property more desirable to rent particularly as tenant’s can save on bills.  

Here are some steps you can take in order to achieve this:

1. Energy saving light bulbs 

These are normally the same price as other popular light bulbs, but use anywhere between 25%-80% less energy than traditional bulbs. They can also last 3-5 times longer. Even if you were to only change half of the light bulbs, this would still significantly affect the electricity bill.

2. Loft Insulation 

Helps to keep the heat in the property during the winter. As hot air rises it means a lot of warmth can be lost through the roof. As less heat is lost, the less money is spent on heating. This is one of the most effective ways of saving money, as lofts are a lot cheaper to insulate than roofs. On a semi-detached three bedroom, the cost for loft insulation 0mm to 270mm is £300 with a yearly saving of £140.

3. Thermal curtains 

Also help to keep the heat trapped in the house and cold air from coming in. If you are renting a property to students for example and are providing curtains, it might be worth investing in thermal ones. If you are renting to a family, this might not be possible as they will most likely have their own.

4. Double glazing

This another way for you to keep the heat in; this also helps with keeping the property quiet. If the house is situated by a busy road or near an airport, double glazing should be a must for noise reduction. There is also the option of energy efficient windows, which keep the heat in the winter but keep the room cool in the summer.

5. Change the shower head 

Low-power shower heads help with water usage and this in turn will help with water bills. There are two types: Non-aerating ones work by restricting the water flow and squeezing it through very small holes; this produces quite a hard, massaging water spray. "Aerating" heads, meanwhile, mix oxygen with the water to create a softer, bubbly, shower.

6. Invest in carpets 

Carpets also prevent the escape of heat. Having carpets can reduce energy bills by 4%-6%. The thicker the carpet the better the insulation, of course it does not provide as much insulation as traditional under floor insulation, but it is a lot more cost efficient.

7. Buy low-energy appliances 

Invest in fridges and ovens, which are ‘Energy Star Qualified’, they use 10%-50% less energy than standard models. A really cost efficient fridge-freezer can cost only £30 a year to run. Check out which? reviews before deciding.

8. Buy a low-flow toilet

Flushing the toilet accounts for 30% of all water use; this can significantly reduce the water bill. These toilets use 4.8 litres of water or less per flush compared to 6 litres that the traditional toilets use.

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