Energy efficiency

We must, by law, provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to people renting a home from us.

What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

In the same way that Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) provide information about the performance of items such as fridges and washing machines, an EPC for a home provides an energy-rating efficiency rating from A to G; A is efficient and G is inefficient.

The EPC shows two things about the home:

  1. The energy-efficiency rating (based on how much the home would cost to run).
  2. The environmental impact rating (based on how much carbon dioxide is released into the environment from the home).

The rating is based on certain factors including age, heating, lighting, and insulation. The ratings are standard so you can compare the energy efficiency of one home against another. The typical rating for a home is D or E. The certificate is valid for 10 years.

We are working hard to improve energy efficiency, sustainability and the use of renewable energy. We are committed to these goals and are working to reduce our environmental impact. We are currently in the process of piloting new technologies in a range of our homes.

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Our energy saving tips around the home can help you save money on your fuel bills

  • Replace old light bulbs with energy saving bulbs, they last 12 times longer than a normal bulb and you could reduce your electricity bill by £7 a year.
  • Look for the Energy Efficiency logo when you buy new household appliances. The higher the appliance rating (‘A’ being the best) the greater the amount of money and energy is saved. An A-rated fridge could save you £35 a year.
  • Make sure the freezer is full and use boxes to fill the gaps.
  • Only use a full load in the dishwasher or tumble dryer or use the economy cycle option.
  • SWITCH IT OFF. Each year £150 million of electricity is consumed by videos, televisions and other electrical devices left on standby.
  • Turn off the lights if they are not required or if no-one is in the room.
  • Turn your thermostat down by 1ºC and cut your heating bill by up to 10 per cent, saving you around £30 a year. (The recommended room temperature is 21ºC for a living room, 16ºC for hallways).
  • Close curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through windows.
  • Don’t leave fridge and freezer doors open longer than necessary.
  • Close windows if the air conditioning is on. Either change the air conditioning temperature or switch it off.
  • Don’t leave a hot water tap dripping. This wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath. Please fix leaking taps and make sure they are fully turned off.