Hot water group says landlords must do more for efficiency

It says around a fifth of privately rented households in the UK struggling to pay their bills

Natural History Museum exhibits £54k annual energy savings

  The Natural History Museum has renewed a 10-year Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with Veolia after it saved hundreds of thousands of pounds on its energy bills. Around 1,500 tonnes of carbon emissions have also been offset annually since its partnership with the waste management firm’s specialist subsidiary Veolia-Cynergin in 2004. The company helped the […]

Buyers should be given ‘larger mortgages on greener homes’

Homebuyers could get bigger mortgages if the energy efficiency of properties were part of the lending criteria of banks and building societies. That’s according to new government-funded research, which found while 90% of mortgage lenders use cost data from the Office of National Statistics, which include fuel bill data, no known affordability calculation takes direct […]

Risks of failing to get an up to date EPC in London

Every veteran property owner knows what an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is and rightfully wary of being caught out without one. Fines, letting and selling restrictions and legal trouble are what you can expect dumped on your doorstep when you fail to comply with UK EPC regulations. Introduced on August 1st, 2007, EPCs in London are […]

Scotland proposes minimum energy efficiency standards for landlords

The Scottish Government is proposing minimum energy efficiency standards for privately rented homes in the country. It is seeking views on requiring all private rented properties to have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’ from 2019. It proposes increasing that to EPC level ‘D’ from 2022. Landlords would have six months from […]

Energy Performance Certificate – Required by UK law

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an important document for home and property owners within the UK. Failure to comply with the law results in large fines and penalties for property owners and businesses. The grading system within the EPC can directly influence rental and sale value and make a property much more attractive to […]

It pays to know your DEC from your EPC

Understanding the meaning of energy industry abbreviations like DEC and EPC could save your business money. EPC needs your attention All industries have their own jargon but failing to know it doesn’t usually hit their customers in the pocket. In energy, however, businesses could be fined if they don’t know the rules behind some abbreviations. […]

UK’s solar capacity ‘to exceed 10GW by 2016’

The total solar capacity installed in the UK is forecast to exceed 10GW by the end of the first quarter of 2016. Finlay Colville, Head of Market Intelligence at Solar Media said: “The UK is currently the most vibrant market for solar installations in Europe. “This is due to the attractive investment returns from Renewable […]

Get your office energy efficient or pay £150K

Commercial landlords need to start planning energy efficiency upgrades now or face a potential fine of up to £150,000. Under the 2011 Energy Act, all commercial property owners need to meet the minimum band ‘E’ standard by 2018 or potentially face being unable to lease them and hit with a whopping fine. And energy efficiency […]

British Gas Business signs up to EU energy code

British Gas Business has become the first company in the UK to sign the European Code of Energy Performance Contracts (EPC). An EPC is a partnership between a supplier and its customers that allows them to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and facilities. The contract guarantees the energy saving measures the customers implement […]