Are you a landlord who is looking to help their tenants to keep their fuel bills affordable? Are you concerned that rising fuel costs will make it more difficult for your tenants to afford their rent? Do you want to avoid the expense of having to deal with condensation related damp? Read my top tips for rented properties.
- Boiler temperature. If your tenant has a combination boiler then the radiator temperature on the boiler should be set no higher than 55 degrees. Click here to find out why.
- Storage heater controls. In homes with night storage heaters, it’s important to make sure that the controls are set to charge during the night and discharge during the day. The video at the bottom of this page shows how to set the controls on a night storage heater.
- Insulating the home is the most effective way to help your tenants keep their homes warm affordably. In most homes, the greatest heat loss is through the walls, followed by the roof and the floor. Properly designed insulation, with adequate ventilation, reduces the risk of condensation.
- LED lighting is a very cost-effective way of keeping running costs down. Don’t forget fixed lighting in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, stairs, corridors and external lighting.
- Tariff and payment method. Tenants often move into a home with no idea of whether they are on the best tariff or payment method. Especially younger tenants who have no experience of running a household. Encourage them to ask the energy supplier if they are on the best possible tariff. If they are able to pay by direct debit then this is always a cheaper payment method than pay-as-you-go. Modern smart meters can be easily switched from prepayment to credit mode and back again. Homes with storage heaters should be on Economy 7 tariffs. Homes without storage heaters should never be on an Economy 7 tariff.
- Get impartial advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of your homes. I have a range of home energy advice packages. If you have more than one home then please contact me for a bespoke quote.