New energy efficiency rules for commercial properties

New regulations for building owners in Scotland to assess and improve the energy and carbon performance of existing non-domestic buildings have come into force. The rules apply to owners of buildings – with a floor area of more than 1,000m2 – who plan to sell or lease to a new tenant. The new requirements are […]

Renters paying ‘£161m more for energy’

A fifth (19%) of landlords with three or more properties have prevented tenants from switching suppliers, which has led to them overpaying for energy. New research also revealed more than one in 10 landlords admitted to denying private tenants their right to switch energy companies. That has added at least £161 million to their gas […]

No Let! Renting out inefficient homes banned

Landlords across England and Wales will be banned from renting out energy inefficient homes from April 2018. They will be required by law to upgrade their leakiest properties and make it more efficient, with a rating of at least Band ‘E’. A typical Band C home faces energy bills that could be £1,000 lower than […]

Renewable heating boost for social landlords

More social landlords and tenants could soon benefit from renewable heating following changes to the government’s support scheme. From Spring 2015, registered social landlords will no longer need to have had a Green Deal energy efficiency assessment to apply for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments as long as they have an Energy Performance Certificate that […]

Renting a home or office? Soon it MUST hit minimum energy efficiency standard

Ministers have laid out plans to make sure all rented homes and business properties hit a certain energy efficiency standard. UK buildings must emit “close to zero” carbon by 2050 if the UK is to fall in line with legal targets, according to ministers. In a consultation paper released on Friday, Energy Secretary Ed Davey […]

UK renters urged to shop around for energy

More than three quarters of bill-paying Brits living in rented accommodation have never switched their energy suppliers, a new survey reveals. Ofgem’s 2014 Consumer Engagement Survey also found one in five tenants are not aware they can switch to a different supplier. The regulator is urging tenants to shop around for their energy as they […]

DECC urged to set energy efficiency standard for private landlords

More than 30 organisations are calling on the Government to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes across the UK. They suggest regulations must be introduced “without delay” to give certainty to landlords and tenants in an effort to slash energy bills and cut carbon emissions. The Government had been expected to […]

New energy efficiency standard ‘to save tenants £210 a year’

A new energy efficiency standard that is expected to help tenants save money on their energy bills has been launched in Scotland. Raising energy efficiency ratings from the existing standard to the new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) is expected to save a total of £130 million in fuel costs in Scotland every […]

SSE pledges free efficiency measures with £5.4m scheme

Power supplier SSE has pledged to help Scottish householders cut their energy bills with the launch of a £5.4 million initiative. It is working with eight local authorities across Scotland to roll out the energy efficiency programme, which includes free boilers and insulation for homeowners and tenants living in privately rented accommodation. SSE said it […]

Social landlords share £5m for renewable heat

The Government has awarded a share of £5 million to get more renewable heating in the homes of tenants. A total of 57 landlords have won the cash, which will be used to install a range of renewable heating kit such as air and ground source heat pumps, solar thermal and biomass boilers in social […]