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Energy Efficiency: how it affects private landlords David Weatherall Partnership Co-ordinator, Energy Saving Trust September 2006 • Why people are talking more and more about home energy efficiency • Why landlords need to address energy efficiency, event though they don’t pay the bills • What are the main measures • What incentives and grants are currently available • Where to go for more information Where are we going? •Energy Performance Certificates •Linkage of wear and tear allowance to energy standards •Additional Regulation??? What are the main Energy Efficiency Measures? • Cavity Wall Insulation • Loft Insulation • Condensing Boilers (now mandatory) • Heating Controls • Energy efficient appliances and lighting • Double Glazing • Solid wall insulation • Renewable energy: microgeneration technology Insulation • Up to 33 per cent of the heat produced in your home is lost through the walls • The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency provides independent 25 year guarantees for Cavity Wall Insulation fitted by registered installers. • Average grant funded installation costs £120-£260 • Payback in two years • Loft insulation is an easy DIY job and should be done to a depth of 270mm. Heating • If your boiler is over 15 years old it's probably time to replace it. By law, new boilers must now be of the high-efficiency condensing type and will save more energy if combined with modern heating controls. • Condensing boilers now mandatory • Savings on the bill of between £190 and £240 a year • Replacement boilers can be free under Warm Front programme Tax incentives for private landlords LESA – Landlords Energy Saving Allowance - gives relief on capital expenditure up to £1,500 for: •Installations of loft and cavity wall insulation •Solid wall insulation •Draught proofing The Warm Front Programme • Tenants apply for the grant • Package of energy efficiency of heating measures up to a value of £2,700 or £4,000 if oil central heating involved • Open to: – Householders aged over 60 and in receipt of benefit – Householders with a child aged under 16 and in receipt of benefit – Householders living with a disability on benefit • See www.eaga.co.uk/grants Energy Suppliers’ Offers •All major energy suppliers are obliged to help achieve targets for improving home energy efficiency. •A range of offers that significantly reduce installation costs. •Not usually available on central heating •You can take up offers from any of the energy companies regardless of who supplies your gas and electricity. Local Authority Support • A variety of grants and support depending on the authority; might be dedicated EE grants targeted at older householders or relate to wider refurbishment schemes specifically for landlords. Example: Kensington and Example: Southwark Chelsea Improvement Coldbuster Grant Grants Grant provider:London Borough of Southwark •Renovation Grant. •Empty Property Grant. Grant name:COLDBUSTERS heating and insulation grant for up to GBP4000 •Conversion Grant. End date:31-Mar-2007 •Keep Warm Grant. Grant description:Grants of up to £4000 are available to owner-occupiers and private tenants in receipt of a means-tested benefit. Measures include central heating, boiler replacements, upgrade to heating controls, loft & cavity wall insulation and draught-proofing.. Microgeneration Grants – the Low Carbon Building Programme • DTI Programme, managed by the Energy Saving Trust • Need to undertake a number of energy efficiency measures before you are eligible to apply for a Low Carbon Buildings grant. • Funds measures including: – Solar photovoltaics – Wind turbines – Small hydro – Solar thermal hot water • Grant levels depend on technology installed – never more than 50%/30% of the total Where to go for more information Your local Energy Efficiency Advice Centre 0800 512 012 www.est.org.uk/myhome www.landlords.org.uk Some things to think about (1) • Energy efficiency can help increase the value of your property – Particularly with EPCs coming in and rising fuel prices • Energy efficiency costs less than you think – Have you investigated all the grants that are available? Some things to think about (2) • Are you a decent landlord with decent homes? • Climate change is happening; it affects us all. As a landlord, you have a greater ability to effect change that most of the population. Use that ability.
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