Landlords get a bit of a bad rep. The stereotypical image of the miserly landlord hammering on the door to demand the rent is a familiar one, particularly in these difficult economic times, but it is also very outdated. Nowadays landlords are friendly, understanding and more than willing to accommodate the needs of their tenants. So if you are living in rented accommodation and you think the bills might be too high, its a good time to let your landlord know about energy efficient LED Light Bulbs.
Whether you already own rental properties or are planning on becoming a rental property owner in the future, it is worth spending some time thinking about ways to make them more energy efficient. The simple fact is that a good energy rating is a valuable selling point when your properties are on the market. You will stand a much better chance of finding tenants and keeping them happy in the long term.
Since the 1st October 2008 it has been necessary for all rental properties with a new tenancy in England and Wales to register for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The certificate is similar to the energy rating labels used on electrical appliances and means that prospective tenants can see at a glance how energy efficient and environmentally friendly your properties are.
"A good energy rating tells a tenant two important things; that the bills they have to pay will be lower and that the maintenance on your property is high." There are a number of different ways of making your properties more efficient, most of which can be found in a list compiled by the National Landlord's Association (NLA). One of the best places to start, however, is with the lighting.
Swapping wasteful incandescent light bulbs for energy saving LED Lights is a guaranteed way of lowering electricity bills. It is also very easy. Most LED Bulbs are classified as 'retrofit,' which means they share the same fittings and dimensions as your existing bulbs so you can swap them straight over.
Unlike Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), LED Lights consistently achieve a high lumen output for the full duration of their lifespan, which means you won't be compromising on light quality either. Infact the LED quality is the best to date in the lighting industry as compared to others.
Imagine the impression you will make when you perform your next viewing and people see state-of-the-art LED Lighting installed. What better selling point could you need!
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