Energy Efficiency Tops Buyers’ Concerns

How energy efficiency has trumped good schools as house buyers’ main concerns

Energy efficiency home image by Andrey Popov (via Shutterstock).

Energy efficiency is now a deciding factor for many homeowners. Image by Andrey Popov (via Shutterstock).

When you bought your first property, what were the first things you thought about? Distance from work? Social life? Good schools? Idyllic location? Spacious gardens? Topping most homeowners’ concerns nowadays is energy efficiency. In other words, is the property energy efficient and, is the central heating cheap to run?

Landlords’ Manifesto Boost for EPCs

Residential Landlords Association places EPCs at the heart of a manifesto for the private rented sector

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A boost for EPCs: the Residential Landlords’ Association has given Energy Performance Certificates and other environmental measures pride of place. Image by I Wei Huang (via Shutterstock).

In the last fortnight or so, the General Election campaign has topped the news agenda. For some, it is seen as a referendum on Brexit and the Article 50 process. For other people, there may be several concerns like the environment and our public services. Landlords can also sway the vote and have an influence on party policies. The Residential Landlords’ Association have published a manifesto which offers a better deal for landlords and tenants.

How to Read an Energy Performance Chart

A quick guide to reading an energy performance certificate

Energy performance ratings have been part and parcel of the construction industry from surveyors to architects for the last two decades. They were introduced in 2007, alongside the long-scrapped Home Information Packs. When HIPs were abolished in May 2010, the Energy Performance Certificate component was retained.

How to Avoid Making a Mess of MEES

Are you ready for – or working towards – the MEES deadline in April 2018?

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Are you ready? The deadline for MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) compliance is getting closer.  Image by Mmaxer (via Shutterstock).

For tenants and landlords, energy efficiency makes for good economic sense. Tenants can benefit from lower utility bills, meaning fewer trips to the meter or lower itemised bills. Landlords can benefit from more efficient appliances and cheaper maintenance costs. From the start of April 2018, private landlords will be expected to comply with MEES ratings. In other words, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.