Electric heating innovation could be key to raising the efficiency of private rental properties across the country.
For many, electric heaters are a bit of a new concept. Many of us might associate them with that dodgy electric fire that your grandma had in her living room, which nobody dared to turn on. However, modern electric radiators could in fact be a simple solution to upgrading the energy efficiency of your rental property.
Ahead of the new MEES legislation this next month, more than 323,000 properties need to improve their rating in order to meet new energy efficiency standards, according to Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation.
As of April 1st, all privately rented properties in England and Wales must achieve at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before landlords can grant a new tenancy. They also won’t be able to renew an existing tenancy agreement to current occupants of their property. Some exemptions apply, but for the most part, this legislation will affect all privately rented properties, even without a change in tenant, from April 2020.
The new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) is part of a set of regulations that came into place in 2015, the effect of which is being felt as the April 2018 deadline looms. However, although this deadline has been in place for a while, of the 4.85 million private rented properties in England alone, 6.6% still have an EPC rating of F or G (according to the government’s English Housing Survey of 2016).
This means that about 320,100 properties still need to increase their EPC rating by at least one band. One way of achieving this could be to upgrade to modern, energy efficient heating appliances.
Head of Insight for Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation, Chris Stammers, says: “Modern electric heating appliances like the Dimplex Quantum system are intelligent, efficient and incredibly easy to use. And with MEES forcing efficiency improvements upon landlords of thousands of properties, they could be just the solution many landlords need.
“Quantum remains the only heating system categorised as a high heat retention heater according to SAP 2012 specification criteria. Findings show that upgrading the electric heating system in a residential property to a Quantum system can improve the EPC rating of a property by up to 11 points, potentially raising it by a whole band.
“And that’s not all. Independent research shows that Quantum’s clever use of off-peak energy can also provide up to 47% running cost savings when compared to an electric convector or radiator system, and a 27% running cost saving compared to a standard storage heater system, so it will certainly appeal to tenants too.
“From April 1st, landlords can no longer ignore the efficiency of their property. The key will be in finding solutions that don’t just raise the EPC rating, but do so in a cost-effective way that will appeal to tenants and reduce the need for ongoing maintenance.”