Great swathes of Yorkshire’s terraced housing were built without easy to insulate cavity walls, which has earned them the label “hard to treat”.

Most of the properties have solid walls creating permanent cold spots. At an average cost of between £6,000 and £10,000 for solid wall insulation, most homeowners cannot afford to invest in this energy efficiency measure, despite the considerable savings that can be made on fuel bills. [More...]

The heat is on for renewables. The government will now pay you for installing a renewable heating system in your home. How does that work? The government has just launched the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, a financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat in homes. The scheme is open to owners, tenants, private and registered social landlords and even self-builders. Only housebuilders installing renewable heating systems in new-build homes are excluded.

What type of system can I install? Four types of renewable heating system are eligible: biomass boilers and biomass pellet stoves; air source heat pumps; ground source heat pumps; and solar thermal panels. You must choose a product from an approved list. [More...]

Householders installing measures under the Government's flagship home energy efficiency scheme could get up to £7,600 cash back.

The new "Green Deal home improvement fund" will provide money back to homeowners on the contributions they make to installing measures such as solid wall insulation and new heating systems. [More...]

Financial incentives for homeowners off the gas grid to switch to technologies such as biomass boilers. Homeowners relying on expensive, dirty oil for heating will be offered payments of thousands of pounds from Wednesday to switch to renewable energy alternatives in a government drive to cut carbon emissions from heat. [More...]

Landlords will have to start improving their properties or risk not being able to let them.

Plans to introduce new minimum energy efficiency standards for private landlords were announced in 2011 under the Green Deal.

The plans include a proposal that, from April 2016, landlords will not be able to refuse reasonable requests from tenants or local authorities acting on behalf of tenants, to improve their property. And from April 2018 it will be unlawful to let a house or business premise which has less than an “E” energy efficiency rating.

With more than a quarter of a million of the worst insulated rented homes classed as fuel poor, these proposals are likely to help the most vulnerable and will ensure at least 682,000 properties will have to be improved.

In order to help the sector manage these upcoming changes to legislation, the Government launched the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which currently offers landlords the opportunity to apply for a grant towards a broad range of energy-saving measures.

Landlords who have properties in their portfolio with a rating of F or G should investigate the possibility of improvements, the assistance offered towards the installation of energy-saving measures will not only help to ultimately increase the value and rental income of property but also reduce tenants’ bills as the property will be more cost-effective to heat.