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Landlords Are Key Market For Eco Installers Under Green Deal, Experts Say

This week we invited the Energy Saving Trust to write an article about how landlords are a key market for Eco Installers Under the Green Deal.

Research from the  Energy Saving Trust has found that householders who rent their homes from private landlords want to reap the benefits of money saving upgrades like energy efficient boilers and improved double glazing, however are least likely to do so.

An exclusive survey of more than 2,000 UK adults found of those living in privately rented housing:

  • 39 per cent were interested in an energy efficient boiler upgrade
  • 44 per cent were interested in double glazing
  • 45 per cent were interested in insulation

More than half of homes which are owned outright or mortgaged have cavity wall insulation fitted (51 per cent). That figure for privately- rented homes with cavity walls is just 34 per cent.

Energy Saving Trust experts see solid wall insulation as the biggest opportunity for positive change in the private rented sector, with nearly half of homes being suitable for this measure, which is approved to receive funding under the ECO as part of the Green Deal.

David Weatherall, housing strategy manager at the Energy Saving Trust, said: “ECO provides a win-win situation for both landlords and tenants. Landlords get home improvements without the upfront costs, and tenants have warmer homes to live in.

“We have detailed information on the UK’s housing stock. We know which homes are likely to be rented privately, and which of those require energy efficiency upgrades that could benefit the landlord and their tenants. This helps ensure installers only target the homes most in need of energy efficiency improvements under the Green Deal.”

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