As the weather grows warmer, you're not likely to be thinking that you need to be particularly energy-efficient. After all, you're going to be using your heating systems less, so that should be enough, right? Well, sort of - energy efficiency doesn't just apply to the amount that you use your boiler or whether your radiators use less energy. It also applies to the various measures that homeowners need to take to ensure their properties aren't wasting heat.
One of the best ways to ensure a property is energy-efficient is to get its insulation up to scratch - that means ensuring that wall and attic cavities are filled to stop warm air escaping. Similarly, lights that use a lot of energy can be swapped for low-energy bulbs, and seals around doors and windows can be replaced to ensure they're working as effectively as possible.
There are still a lot of properties whose Energy Performance Certificates show that they are not as energy-efficient as they could be - the scale runs from "A" for the most energy-efficient properties to "G" for the least. The government, though, is now stipulating that all properties available for rent must have a minimum rating of "E" in order to be legally let.
The new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, as they will be known, come into force from April 2018. Landlords therefore need to ensure that their properties are up to standard by then. Lettings agents and property managers will also need to find out how it applies to them - can they be punished if the properties they put on the market are not energy-efficient?
We've put together a quick guide to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards which is available to download now, for free. We cover all of the above and more, so click here or below to read it and find out the vital info you need to action before April rolls around.