No, this is another potential solution to the energy efficiency problem – I know, a second solution in a row!
But I’m hoping this one is baked slightly more in a rant.
Right now, what incentive does a landlord have to improve his energy efficiency? In short, nothing.
In the future, the law means some houses on the market will need to be better than they are now to be legally let, but that’s a couple of years away.
When trying to find a place to rent it’s a bit of a minefield to know how much warm the home will be.
However, some things like single glazed windows are obvious – but if the walls have cavity insulation and the loft if packed with insulation too, this is less of a concern.
But largely, we are walking in blind. However, if the cost of bills was included in the rental figure like for like comparisons are easier to make – this also helps to insulate renters from the current price hikes that are on the horizon as bill costs are already factored in.
But by being able to compare the total price, landlords will be forced to make their properties are more attractive. They may choose to splash out on a kitchen upgrade, but unless that increases the rent by such a proportion energy costs can be absorbed.
The alternative, though, is for landlords to plug the “leaks” in their home so the house remains warmer for tenants. This keeps their costs lower and the chance for profit higher.