A reminder about MEES, EPCs and cold showers! And how we can all do our bit
Back in April I blogged about the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) which come into force next April (2018).
In a nutshell, if you’re a landlord, you won’t be able to renew or grant a new tenancy of longer than 6 months if your property has an EPC rating of ‘E’ or lower. If your EPC is lower than that, you also risk a substantial fine.
The new standards have been designed to help the UK reduce carbon emissions. But of course, they should also help tenants – more efficient heating and insulation means cheaper energy bills.
And don’t forget EPCs
This year also sees the 10th anniversary of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), a certificate that measures the energy efficiency of a property. It includes a survey that looks at heating systems, insulation and the effectiveness of windows and doors in blocking draughts.
An EPC will normally include recommendations for improvements too, such as switching to LED lighting, installing better loft insulation, a new boiler, double glazing or having external wall insulation fitted.
Improving energy efficiency – landlords
The fact that EPCs are now 10 years old means the oldest ones are no longer valid. Renters and buyers need to check the date carefully in order not to be caught out.
Technology and energy efficiency have come a long way in the last 10 years. For properties with older EPCs (and combined with MEES) this should provide a real incentive for landlords to push up energy efficiency standards. And that has to be good news for tenants as well as the wider population.
Doing your bit too
The long summer holidays can cause energy consumption to spike, particularly when you throw in some of the not so seasonal weather we’ve had lately.
Extra time spent in the kitchen cooking, watching TV, playing computer games and perhaps even putting the heating on (yes, I know who you are), all take their toll on your heating bills.
So, to help you do your bit this summer, here are 5 easy steps to help keep you energy efficient this summer:
- Take showers not baths and try and turn the temperature dial down too.
- Opt for salads for lunch rather than using the oven to cook meals.
- Dry clothes on the washing line, not in the tumble drier (if it stops raining for long enough) and keep windows open rather than running the air conditioning or a fan.
- Don’t leave appliances switched on or on standby and try and limit TV or computer game time. I know, easier said than done when the weather is bad.
- Try using a “smart meter” which allows you to keep track of exactly how much gas and electricity you’re using and which appliances you’re using the most. Check it daily with the kids and then try and get the reading down by using less energy!
And of course, don’t forget to check the date on your EPC. If it’s one of the older ones, it might just be time to ask your landlord to make a few changes before winter kicks in!
Graham Faulkner is Branch Director of EweMove Dorking
He’s bought and sold a lot of properties over the years and is also a portfolio landlord, as well as specialising in helping other landlords. Apart from his own experience and expertise, he can also recommend the right professionals, as tried and tested by him, to advise you.
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