Green Deal Energy Bill
UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announced that landlords will be forced to improve their most energy inefficient properties, during his Second Reading of the Government’s Green Deal bill last week, according to the BC Sustainable Energy Association. An estimated 682,000 properties will have to be improved under the auspices of the Green Deal.
Under the proposal, landlords will face minimum energy efficiency standards. Starting in April 2016, landlords will have to fulfill any ‘reasonable’ requests for energy efficiency improvements to their properties.
And from April 2018, landlords will no longer be allowed to rent out homes or business premises with less than an ‘E’ energy efficiency rating.
This new legislation is significant, and will protect thousands of vulnerable families from fuel poverty and high energy bills in the future.
According to Friends of the Earth, the Green Deal will enable householders and businesses to take out loans to improve their property’s energy efficiency – with repayments made from the money they save on energy bills.
Almost 40 organisations were involved in calling for the Energy Bill to establish a minimum legal level of energy efficiency for homes rented from a landlord or lettings agency. That’s how important energy efficiency and conservation is, and how this new announcement is good news for the UK and for our planet.