Energy saving help for landlords

You can save money by improving the condition and energy efficiency of your properties.

Duty to improve energy performance

Private landlords must arrange an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on any property they intend to let. EPCs last for 10 years and should give any prospective tenant an idea of how much it will cost to heat the property.

From the 1st April 2018, private landlords must ensure that any property they intend to let out has an EPC rating of atleast band ‘E’.

From 1 April 2020, a private landlord will be in breach of the regulations if s/he continues to a let a property that has an EPC rating below band ‘E’.

A landlord who fails to comply could face a fine of up to £5,000.

EPCs include graphs showing the current and potential energy efficiency rating and environmental impact (CO2 rating) of the property.

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To find an existing EPC for your property, click here.

Energy saving measures

These tips will help your tenants save money and help them to manage their energy bills.

Under £100

  • Swap inefficient bulbs for low energy bulbs and save around £55 a year
  • Fit draught excluders to windows and doors and save between £10- £50 a year
  • Seal and fill in gaps in the skirting boards and save £75 a year
  • A boiler jacket saves £30 a year

Over £100

  • Fit a cap over the chimney or a blocker to exclude drafts and save up to £160 a year.
  • Fill cavity walls with insulation in houses built after 1920. A semi-detached house will save around £145 a year.
  • Install a room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves and save up to £150 a year.
  • Fit loft insulation (at least 270mm) and save up to £250 a year
  • Install solar panels and save up to £125 a year

Help your tenants cut their energy bills

Give your tenants a guide with suggestions on how they can save money on their energy bills, for example:

  • turn off appliances when not in use
  • turn down the thermostat by 1 degree Celsius and save around £60 a year
  • reduce washing machine cycle to 30 degrees Celsius
  • use a bowl to wash the dishes instead of leaving the hot tap running
  • keep shower heads clean.

The Green Deal

Before applying, you must get the tenants’ permission and acknowledge in the tenancy agreement that they will be paying the bills and repaying the Green Deal loan as part of the electricity bill for the property.

In particular, you must show tenants a copy of the EPC, which explains:

  • what improvements have been made
  • how much they have to repay
  • the length of the Green Deal Plan
  • the Green Deal provider

You are not liable if the tenant defaults. The electricity company uses their normal collection measures to collect money owed by the tenant.

Problems paying fuel bills

If you have problems with fuel bills or debt you can get free, confidential, face-to-face help from specialist Shelter Cymru debt advisers at several locations in Wales. Click here to find details of the debt advice surgeries nearest to you. You can also contact the Energy Saving Trust.

We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 0345 075 5005.

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This page was last updated on: August 29, 2018

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