Bristol City Council’s Warm Up Bristol initiative can help landlords stay ahead of strict new energy efficiency regulations due to come into force in 2018.
The new rules, which may see landlords banned from renting out the most inefficient properties, are aimed at improving houses in the UK to cut carbon emissions and reduce energy bills for tenants.
Warm Up Bristol can help landlords bring their properties up to the required standards by offering them up to £3,000 off energy efficiency measures such as boiler replacements and glazing, with additional funding of up to £1,000 available for installing new gas connections.
Mareike Schmidt, Service Manager for the council’s Energy Service, said: “The UK has some of the oldest and coldest properties in Europe so it’s encouraging to see the Government bringing in policies which will improve the housing stock.
“Landlords with properties rated an E or below on the energy performance scale can benefit and the Warm Up Bristol scheme has been designed to help fund the improvements required and minimise upfront costs.
“The council has received £2 million grant funding from the Government to run the Warm Up Bristol landlord scheme, and it’s a case of first come first served as the funding is limited.”
“As well as staying ahead of the new regulations, making rental properties more energy efficient should help to make homes more appealing to tenants, reduce void periods whilst also reducing risk of rent arrears if tenants are able to cut spending on energy bills.”
It is estimated that around 10% of the UK’s rented properties are in need of energy efficiency measures. In addition approximately one million tenants are currently paying up to £1,000 a year extra on their energy bills due to inadequately insulated homes.
Mareike added: “Warm Up Bristol isn’t just about helping landlords, we also want to make sure tenants aren’t living in cold, draughty properties which are lacking proper insulation.
“Tenants are encouraged to tell their landlords about the scheme, or get in touch with Warm Up Bristol directly. We want to do everything we can to end fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions and make homes more sustainable, and this is a tangible way that the council is taking action.”
Warm Up Bristol is the only council-run scheme of its kind in the city, and is also open to owner occupiers with grant funding available for some measures.
Anyone interested in hearing more can pop down to The Lab this Friday Feb 20 to speak to one of the Warm Up Bristol team who’ll be on hand all day to answer questions. The Lab is the new European Green Capital event space, located on the Harbourside near the Watershed.
The energy efficiency rating of a property can be checked online at www.epcregister.com
About Bristol City Council’s Energy Service:
Bristol City Council’s Energy Service develops and delivers energy initiatives across the city.
The service looks at the whole spectrum of energy use in the city and is helping the council to reach its target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2020.
Work is driven by the council’s Climate Change and Energy Security Framework, which was agreed in 2012. The work undertaken by the service also supports the Mayor’s vision to create a more sustainable city.
The work delivered by the service is far-reaching and includes helping people and organisations to monitor their energy use, consume less; making homes and properties more energy efficient, as well as developing initiatives to invest in and support renewable energy projects. Plans for a district heating network to serve the city are also being developed.
In 2012 the Energy Service was awarded grant funding from the European Investment Bank under the European Local Energy Assistance Programme (ELENA) to develop a series of strategic and sustainable local energy initiatives to improve life in Bristol, including setting up the new energy company.
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