Renting? Sorry we can’t help you, says government energy saving service

The government has launched a website to help households cut their energy bills – the only problem is that it excludes the 13 million people who rent.

Tenants using the new service – ‘Find ways to save energy in your home’ – are told, after going through a series of questions, that ‘this service only provides advice for homeowners in England and Wales’.

Landlords who fill out the form are first asked for an energy performance certificate – and those who don’t are asked if their property has double-glazed windows, attic insulation or a heat pump.

Depending on what the user says, the website may recommend installing solar panels or heating controls.

There are also estimates of how much homeowners could save over the life of an installation.

However, tenants are left out – and instead are referred to the “general advice” of the Energy Saving Trust.

It comes amid predictions that raising the energy price cap could push the average household’s gas and electricity bill down to £500 a month.

Ofgem’s price cap could rise to £3,420 in Q4 2022 and £3,850 in Q1 2023, estimates BFY Group, a consultancy.

Homeowners making green improvements to their homes are selling their properties at a premium as buyers increasingly prioritize green ratings as the government pushes ahead with plans to have all homes EPC Band C by 2035, according to real estate website Rightmove.

Sellers who can’t afford to make green upgrades will need to cut the cost of upgrades from their asking price as EPC ratings become more important in negotiations, Rightmove warned.

A government spokesman said: “Landlords are responsible for upgrading their properties, not tenants. This particular advisory website is aimed at homeowners because upgrading their properties is ultimately their choice.” – Renting? Sorry we can’t help you, says government energy saving service

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