Decarbonizing the building industry has been a big art of the COP26 Summit being held in Glasgow. According to the Building to COP26 website, buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy-related carbon emissions.
So how can landlords and tenants do their part in our green goals? How do we begin to reduce our carbon footprint at home? And are there ways that improve energy efficiency that are cost effective or don’t drastically change our lifestyle?
We explore these questions below from both sides of the letting industry, as tenants and as landlords.
How Tenants can Improve their Energy Efficiency
- Keep your thermostat at 19C.
- Close your curtains from dusk till dawn.
- Plug any leaky gaps around windows and doors with strip insulation
- Have your boiler serviced regularly and install a new one if old and inefficient.
- Keeps the property well ventilated which will keep mold away.
- Ensures that the house is not being overheated which could have adverse effects on your heating system, vinyl flooring and internal humidity.
How Landlords can Improve their Energy Efficiency
- Consider fitting an insulating jacket to your hot water tank – according to the Energy Savings Trust a good quality covering will cut heat costs by more than 75%.
- Consider fitting a thermostat to your hot water tank. This stops your boiler from supplying heat to the tank once it reaches an optimal temperature.
- Add roof insulation up to 27cm in your loft.
- Replace your light bulbs with low energy bulbs.
- Use thermostat radiator valves to keep empty rooms or bedrooms at a lower temperature.
- Draft proofing your windows and doors.
Grants and Subsidies for Going Green in Scotland and the UK