Cheaper energy made simple
It’s that time of year again where the heating starts to come on but before we see the end of the last few weeks of summer sun, here are a few tips to prepare you and your tenants for the winter to help them reduce their energy costs.
Some of these can be used as temporary fixes from the tenant others can be long term changes from you as a landlord. When a potential tenant can see you have helped to keep their energy costs low they are more likely to commit to a longer let with you.
Happy tenant = happy landlord, besides it being good for our environment.
- Turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree C could cut your heating bill by 10% each year, saving a whopping £75 a year.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows
- Turn off lights when you leave a room
- Don’t leave appliances unnecessarily on standby
- If you are not filling up your washing machine/ tumble dryer / dishwasher use the half load setting
- Only boil as much water as you need i.e. 1 cup for 1 cup of tea
- Fix leaks – a dripping hot water tap wastes so much energy
- Replace all lights to LED can save you £35 a year on electric bills
- Aluminium foil behind any radiators on outside walls (regular foil will do as a short term fix but you can get panels designed fit for purpose from DIY stores).
- Install Cavity wall insulation
- Top up loft insulation
- Buy energy saving appliances for your tenants
- Wash laundry at 30 degrees C
What are your energy saving tips for this winter?