According to the latest survey from Direct Line, energy efficiency is hot topic for renters. In fact, 80% of potential renters responded that they would ask their landlord what measures they have implemented to improve the energy efficiency of a property before moving in.
In fact, 75% of respondents said that energy efficiency is important to them, and 60% felt that landlords aren’t taking the issue seriously enough.
A small number of people reported that they would take a hard-line approach with 25% going so far as turning down a property or even moving out if the energy efficiency wasn’t up to scratch.
The survey also questioned landlords. It found that 83% of landlords have made positive changes to their properties and 73% believed that they had a good understanding of the importance of energy efficiency in appealing to renters. Landlords reported that they had made improvements to the property out of their own concerns for the environment (39%). The most popular change that landlords have made is to improve the lighting and appliances within their property (48%) while 33% added new insulation and 22% installed a smart meter.
The survey is encouraging to both renters and landlords, demonstrating that there is a rising number of people who understand the importance of energy efficiency, ensuring that homes are both sustainable and affordable to run.
It appears that a high number of UK landlords are taking positive action to make sure their property is greener, and that tenants’ costs can be kept to a minimum.
If you are making improvements to your property – check you have the appropriate insurance to reflect these changes.