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 Residential Landlords News: ARLA offers top tips for energy efficiency
Property owners with landlord licences have been offered a list of tips to improve the energy efficiency of their rental homes. The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) recommends fitting cavity wall and floor insulation, which can play a significant role in conserving heat and thus cutting down on excessive energy bills and carbon emissions. Lagging around water pipes and boilers can also cut down on wasted heat and will prevent pipes freezing in the winter, which could save time and money in pursuing a claim through landlord insurance if the heating system breaks down. ARLA advises landlords to invest in draught-proofing doors and windows to stop heat escaping the property, while installing a thermostat on the boiler can ensure the heating is automatically switched off once it reaches a certain temperature. Ian Potter, operations manager at the organisation, commented: "Landlords can already take advantage of a tax allowance of up to £1,500 for these energy efficiency improvements through the Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance. "It makes sense therefore for landlords to carry out these improvements straight away, as considerable cost savings can be made," he added.
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