UK private renters ‘could save £570 a year if ministers act on energy efficiency’

(The Guardian, 17 Jan 2023) Bill payers stand to collectively save billions if minimum standard raised to a C rating, research suggests.

Raising the minimum standard of energy efficiency to a C rating for privately rented homes would save bill payers about £570 a year, research has found.

This would amount to annual savings totalling £1.75bn across the UK, according to the thinktank E3G in a report called Cutting Energy Bills and Raising Standards for Private Renters.

The government has been accused of dragging its feet on proposals that would require landlords to improve properties to at least a C rating under the energy performance certificate (EPC) scheme.

Two-third of rented properties are below that proposed minimum, leaving millions of people living in places that do not meet the legal definition of a “decent” home. One in four people renting live in fuel poverty.

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The Guardian, 17 Jan 2023: UK private renters ‘could save £570 a year if ministers act on energy efficiency’