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How to make your rental property more energy efficient

Spending money on energy bills for your home is unavoidable – but with energy prices on the rise, wasting energy, and therefore wasting money, is not something any of us want to be doing.

In this blog piece, we look at a few ways to make your rental property in Brighton and Hove more efficient. 

  • Install a Thermostat

One of the best ways to save on energy consumption is to install a programmable thermostat, because heating a property in Brighton and Hove can be the most draining use of energy. By installing a programmable thermostat, you can reduce monthly bills and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. 

  • Seal outlets and switches 

Homes can be insulated in the walls to protect them from the elements. However, when a light switch or outlet is installed, the insulation must be removed from this section which can leave it open to a draft. By putting gaskets behind these, you will prevent air leaks and reduce energy costs.

  • Seal and caulk windows and doors

A quick and cheap way to reduce energy costs in your rented property is to seal and caulk around any windows and doors which have a draft. It’s common to find air leaks in door panels and window frames. By sealing cracks with caulking, you can stop air leaks and raise the temperature inside the building by stopping unwanted drafts. 

  • Look at your hot water settings 

If your property has a traditional water heater, it can use a lot of energy. If you’ve ever experienced scalding hot water coming out of the tap, there are things you can do to reduce the heat and your energy consumption. The default setting is usually 140 degrees, however, 120 degrees is a safe setting to save energy. You can also get an insulating jacket to reduce costs further.

  • Switch to energy efficient bulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs will last much longer than traditional bulbs and will also reduce your bills and carbon footprint. They are very easy to get hold of and more affordable now than ever before, so it’s easy to make the change.

  • Consider your windows

Heavy curtains can be great for keeping the warm in and the cold out during the winter months. In the summer months, they will help keep the heat out too so it’s win win. 

  • Clean your refrigerator coils

The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy users in a modern home. The coils at the back can get covered in dust and debris. Cleaning them will reduce the energy consumption used by the refrigerator, allow the unit to operate more quietly and extend the longevity of the unit too. 

We’ve collated a few resources which may help you further in finding out about the energy price rises and what this means for you: 

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/news-and-views/blog/energy-bills-are-rising-and-what-you-can-do-about-it

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58106105

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/problems-with-your-energy-bill/your-gas-or-electricity-supplier-has-put-up-its-prices/

At Young Lee, we are always happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have when it comes to any aspect of renting in Brighton and Hove. Get in touch with us today on 01273 005599 or email lettings@young-lee.co.uk.

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