Become a best practice landlord, home builder or social housing provider by providing your tenants with some simple ideas for small changes to their daily routine that could assist them in saving hundreds of pounds a year.
1. Switch Off Stand
It is estimated households can save around £30 a year just by turning appliances off standby mode. It is now possible to buy a standby saver, allowing you to turn all your appliances off standby in one go!
2. Kitchen Essentials
Tenants can save around £50 a year just by making small changes to how they run their kitchen. Little things such as using a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap can save £30 a year in energy bills… And boiling only the water they need can save £££ in kettle energy alone!
3. Go Draught Free
Draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can save up to £25 to £35 a year on energy bills – why not offer this as standard throughout your property porfolio. Your tenants and potential buyers will thank you for it.
4. Get A-head
If your properties have showers that take hot water straight from a boiler or hot water tank (rather than an electric shower), fit a water efficient shower head. This will reduce hot water usage while retaining the sensation of a powerful shower.
5. Tenants Speed Up!
Spending just one minute less in the shower each day will save £10 off of energy bills each year, per person. With a water meter this will save a further £15 off annual water and sewerage bills. If everyone in a four person family did this it would lead to a total saving of £100 a year.
6. Understand Your Bill
We know this information can be confusing but if you advice your tenants to take some time to understand how things work they’ll be better placed for addressing their energy use.
7. Control That Heat
Turning down a room thermostat by just one degree can save up to £90 a year and by having a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves this could increase by up to £165 a year. Why not provide this as standard across your portfolio and then encourage tenants to:
- set heating and hot water to come on and off when they need them
- heat only the areas of the home that need heating
- set the temperature for each area of their home
8. Light Up With LEDs
Energy saving bulbs may have had a bad rap to start with but you you can now switch to LED spotlights that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs (‘compact fluorescent lamps’ or CFLs). By fitting these throughout your portfolio you can encourage a greener outlook among your tenants.
9. Turn Off The Lights
Mums up and down the land are always telling us to do it and now we’re asking you to join in! Advise your tenants to turn lights off when they’re not using them and they could save ££££ on annual energy bills.
10. Get The Green Deal!
We can help improve the overall energy efficiency of your property portfolio. The first step is to get a Green Deal Assessment carried out by Simple Energy. Our Green Deal surveyor will make recommendations of improvements that are appropriate to your properties and this will then be used to create a Green Deal plan – the financial agreement between both parties.