Installing a hatchway cover, properly insulating homes can help save money and energy.
So, what’s the situation in Europe? Tenants in the UK’s draughtiest homes risk paying £1bn extra in energy bills because of a government loophole letting landlords off the hook, a charity has warned. Landlords will be banned from letting poorly insulated homes from next Aprilunder new regulations designed to protect vulnerable tenants and cut carbon emissions.
But campaigners argue that exemptions, which landlords were able to apply for from Sunday, will mean many homes are not upgraded. These kind of upgrades are not costly and can save millions in energy bills.
If all the landlords of the 300,000 properties affected apply successfully for exemptions, tenants would collectively pay £1bn extra for energy over the next five years, said climate change charity 10:10.
The group said the regulations were “toothless” while the loophole existed, and made a mockery of Conservative election pledges to keep a lid on energy bills. “Rather than letting landlords off the hook, the government should be backing tenants by closing the loophole and capping the cost for landlords instead to ensure fairness to all concerned,” said Emma Kemp, a campaigner at 10:10.
But landlords can apply for an exemption if the work required would present a net cost to them and they cannot access funding through government energy efficiency schemes, which have largely closed and so may provide landlords with a legitimate excuse for not taking action.
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