Ofgem orders Green Star Energy to pay £350,000

More than 1,800 customers in the private rental market were unable to access their accounts and switch to cheaper tariffs

London’s corporate landlords and tenants pledge to clean up energy use

Currently, business premises are responsible for around 40% of the capital’s greenhouse gas emissions

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 […]