Call for energy efficient private rented homes by 2016
- Published on Wednesday, 10 August 2011 15:07
- Posted by Scott Buckler
A number of consumer organisations have called on the government to introduce a minimum standard of energy efficiency in private rented homes
They are aiming to provide a guarantee that by 2016, people renting property can avoid being in fuel poverty and live in warm and efficient homes. The current commitment sees this coming into force in 2018.
"Private rented housing is amongst the coldest and most likely to leak heat - meaning bigger bills and a greater risk to renters' health," explained Audrey Gallacher, director of energy at Consumer Focus.
"Bringing this requirement into law would save private renters almost £500 a year on average off their energy bill and cut carbon emissions by almost 200 million tonnes a year.
"Current legislation isn't enough to make this happen, so we need the UK government to act to help the many vulnerable households affected."
The Energy Bill is currently making its way through the Parliamentary process before becoming law. It is designed to provide a step change in the provision of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses.