Energy efficiency and keeping warm
Utility bills are one of the biggest household expenditures, but there are ways that you can reduce how much you spend on bills, be more energy efficient and make your home warmer.
Remember though that you shouldn't make any major or permanent changes to your property without first speaking to your landlord and gaining their permission.
New changes relating to EPC ratings in private rented properties
Following the introduction of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015, from 1 April 2018 landlords must ensure that their rental properties have an EPC rating of E or above before granting a new tenancy or renewing an existing tenancy. These regulations will also apply to existing tenancies from 1 April 2020. Where this isn't the case, improvement works will be required to enable the property meet this minimum rating.
Thermal map highlighting heat loss from homes and businesses
Check the heat loss performance of your own property, and even compare this with similar properties nearby, using our thermal map. Households highlighted as having excessive heat loss – shown as yellow in the map window – can then access further advice and guidance using the Shelter and Energy Saving Trust links on this page.