The 20th of January, 2020 marks the start of an important week for landlords and tenants alike. As the world works toward protecting our environment, Big Energy Saving Week is an opportunity for us all to do our bit - and it’s easier than you may think.
With budgets getting tighter and the average cost of living increasing, finding ways to make savings on everyday bills is a vital step in managing your finances effectively. There are several ways to reduce your energy usage and help cut costs from your monthly bills without having to spend a fortune.
Changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on energy and fuel.
Christmas decorations are for sale in the shops, pumpkin spice lattes are back at coffee shops, and the days are definitely getting shorter again.
The property industry isn’t just a major part of the UK, but a significant global sector. It provides homes for people, sites for businesses and commercial needs and everything in between. It’s worth billions and affects all kinds of other industries that are part of living in a modern society. That means that if the industry decides to make a change, the potential impact would be huge.
With winter and the cold weather already here in the UK most of us have already been turning the heating up on a sliding scale as the weeks run up to Christmas.
The environment is becoming a more and more important part of people’s everyday life choices, and homeowners all across the country are looking for greener options in the properties they buy. In this guide we’ll explore what an eco home is, and what your options are when looking for an environmentally-friendly place to call your own.
As you should already be aware, new ‘Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards’ are coming into force shortly, requiring rented properties to have an EPC rating of E or above. From 1st April, you will not be able to let or renew the tenancy on a property rated F or G and for existing tenancies, the property must meet the standards by 1st April 2020.
With Christmas just a few weeks away, your focus will turn to spending time with your family and friends over the festive period. For some, this means hopping in the car or jetting off for a few days to visit your nearest and dearest.
Utilities, otherwise known as electricity, gas, water and sewerage. Something we all need and pay for monthly, and that’s before even mentioning the utilities of this millenium phones, internet and TV subscriptions! However, most also seem to think that as these goods and services are considered necessities this therefore means there is no way of getting away from paying through the nose for them. You couldn’t be more wrong and I’m going to explain why.
We recently wrote about changes that are being made to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES). From April 2020, you will no longer be able to continue letting your property to existing tenants if it has a rating of F or G.
Autumn is here, winter is just around the corner and it is quickly becoming that time of year where our energy costs can skyrocket. Keeping warm throughout the winter is important but with the rising costs of energy bills for many families, this time of year can be a heavy financial burden. There are many ways you can start saving money on your energy bills so read on to find out how you can start cutting costs and conserving your energy this winter.
Living costs and energy bills are often a hot topic of conversation for both homeowners and renters. In November 2018, Ofgem announced an energy price cap of £1,137 for typical households, which would take effect from 1 January 2019. Depending on what tariff you’re on, this price cap could help you save money. However, they also announced this will be reviewed twice a year until 2020 and is due to increase to £1,254 for customers paying by direct debit in April 2019.
The show home can paint the very best picture of what ‘new build’ homes can look like. However, they are, by their very term, ‘show’ homes.They are designed to appeal, created by property presentational experts, to help elicit a strong sense of desire.
Spotlights are the preferred way to light modern flats, but most people are still using halogen bulbs rather than more efficient LEDs.
Your utility bills are one of the few things you can control as a private tenant. However, it can be hard to know to make savings on your energy consumption. Many energy-efficiency savings require you to make investments in your home, such as improved wall insulation and double glazing. However, this isn’t possible for tenants, who are rarely in a position to request their landlord makes such changes.
This week is Big Energy Saving week, and in the spirit of the occasion we’re offering up some helpful inspiration for ways to save energy around the home. As a homeowner, you’re able to invest almost boundless time and money into making your property as energy-efficient as possible, but few people have the desire to do so. Instead, we’ve picked out a few ideas to focus on. These might be big or small, but are definitely worth the effort.
Energy bills. As discussed in our previous blog post they’re something we all must pay as part of our monthly outgoings, but struggle to have full control over the price we pay.
Did you know that simple draught-proofing of your property is one of the cheapest ways to save both energy and money? By following the steps outlined in this article you could cut the cost of your energy bill, whilst helping to improve your property’s energy efficiency.
Everyone bats on about insulation, but there are loads of benefits to making sure yours is up to scratch. Best of all, you can do some of the most important jobs yourself.