This page contains specific information for tenants to find out how energy efficient their rental accommodation is and to see if they can do anything to reduce their bills.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
When looking for a new rental home, you can search an online database
of EPCs to find out the current energy efficiency rating of properties, the likely energy bills and measures recommended to reduce the heating costs. The EPC advice guide
provides more information about finding and interpreting an EPC.
When viewing a property, you may like to ask certain questions of the landlord or letting agent, to ensure that the property is safe and to find out what sort of heating system it has, for example. The home energy rental checklist
provides a list of questions you may like to ask.
Reducing your bills
Once you have moved into a rented property, you may be able to reduce your energy bills. Our energy bill advice page
provides information about discounts, switching and making sure you get the best deal. It is not yet a legal requirement for landlords to improve the energy performance of their properties so if your EPC recommends that you need insulation or a new heating system, then you may be able to use the Green Deal to access grants and loans to cover the cost.
Condensation and Mould
If you notice damp patches or mould spots in your property, there may be a water leak, but the issue is more commonly caused by condensation. Our condensation and mould advice guide
provides information about the causes of mould and the ways to prevent it from occurring.
If you would like to reduce the draughts in your rented home, you may like to have a look at our draught proofing guides
for step by step instructions and details about where to buy materials. Don't forget to check with your landlord before carrying our any DIY work.
Always make sure you check with your landlord before switching energy suppliers or carrying out energy efficiency or DIY improvements.
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