Reduce your energy bills (even when you’re renting)
It’s in yours and your flatmates hands
With energy prices rising and the cost of living creeping higher you can make changes around your rented property that could really help. You don’t have to work out how to ask your landlord for solar panels – these tips below are small easy changes that anyone could do.
Step by step. Room by room.
We’ve got room-specific tips that’ll work especially well in rented properties - whether you’re sharing with five other people or renting by yourself.
Save energy, room by room
Wash clothes at a lower temperature
Use 'eco' settings on appliances
Place lids on pots when you’re cooking
Don’t overfill kettles
Close the fridge door
Reduce the time you spend in the shower
Good ventilation is important
Save space in your bathroom cabinet
Get more from your radiators
Lower the temperature
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Turn off standby
There’s a reason cats lie in sunbeams
Easy changes for you and your flatmates
Let’s start with the very simple. If you’re studying or working from home, move your desk or chair to the window. The natural light is better for your mood and is a perfect place to stare into space while coming up with those lightbulb moments (without the lightbulb).
While LED lightbulbs might cost a bit more to buy, they’ll save you money in the long term by lasting a lot longer than incandescent or halogen ones. And, according to this Guardian article (Jan, 2019), lighting electricity bills could be cut by 90% if all lightbulbs in a property were switched with LEDs.
Small changes can add up
Don’t blast your heating
Recycle, reuse, donate
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The lowdown on landlords
Unless they have an exemption, landlords can only let out properties to new tenants that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E or higher. That's because of something called the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES).
If your landlord is not able to share it with you, it might be a sign that this might not be the place. Our simple EPC certificate guide will show you how EPCs work.
Flat-hunting, energy saving checklist
Look for signs of damp. When viewing a property, keep your eyes peeled for the tell-tale signs of a damp – smell, mould and condensation. A damp property is harder to heat and could have a significant impact on your wellbeing.
Energy-efficient appliances. Appliances have a rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). The more efficient the appliance, the less it will cost you to run (unless you forget to turn it off).
Gas or electric? Check if the house is heated with gas or electricity or both, and ask the current tenants (if possible) how they find the heating. Heating is important to avoid problems of damp and keeping things comfortable.
Insulated windows, walls and roof. Good double glazing will help make a flat more energy-efficient, and could make it easier and cheaper to heat. Also check the EPC certificate or ask the landlord what insulation there is in the property.
Water tanks, pipes and radiators. Make sure these are well insulated, it will help reduce the amount of heat lost and could save you money on your energy bills.
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