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UK renters are worried about paying energy bills this winter

Published On: December 8, 2021 at 10:43 am


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A survey of UK renters highlights concerns about increasing energy prices and ongoing hikes in household bills.

The survey, commissioned by Smart Energy GB, found 49% of renters are worried about how they will pay their bills. 57% say these concerns are having a negative impact on their mental health.

65% of renters say rising fuel costs will make it difficult for them to pay their energy bills, with 62% indicating they may struggle to pay their rent this winter.

The research has revealed that renters think landlords could be doing more to help, with 46% saying their energy bills could be better managed if their landlord made their home more energy efficient. 28% of renters don’t feel their landlord supports them enough when it comes to managing their energy use, with 85% of renters who do not feel that their property is as energy efficient as it can be concerned that a current lack of energy efficient measures will make their energy costs even higher.

Renters were also asked questions about what their landlords could do to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. 73% would like their homes to be better insulated and 54% would like gaps causing draughts filled in. 45% would like boilers to be upgraded and 44% would like double glazing windows installed.

Although 60% of tenants say being in a rented property restricts their ability to manage their energy use and costs, they are making their own environmentally friendly changes. 59% turn off lights and 56% turn off appliances when they are not being used. They are also less likely to turn the heating on, with 44% renters saying their heating remains switched off, even when it’s cold.

Additionally, 67% of tenants say having a smart meter would help them manage their energy costs, with 55% secure in the knowledge that, if they are paying the bills, they can have one installed by their energy supplier without the permission of their landlord. Some renters have been put off doing this as, not only did they think their landlord would not like it (16%), they were also concerned they may lose their deposit (14%).

Kate Faulkner, founder of, comments: “A great first starting point for landlords in terms of helping their tenants to take energy saving steps is to arrange for a smart meter installation, if they are the bill payer. Or if their tenant is the bill payer, to empower them to request a smart meter installation.

“Smart meters can also help ensure any problems with utility bill payments at the end of a lease are avoided and better still, the less money tenants spend on their utility bills means the more likely they are to be able to afford their rent payments.” 

ScS and We Buy Any House provide tips for saving money on heating bills

Published On: January 15, 2021 at 9:06 am


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Research from sofa and carpet specialist ScS reveals households have the heating on for an average of 4.7 hours a day during the colder months.

One in three (36%) Brits have had their heating on for more than five hours a day while working from home this winter, ScS reports.

When it comes to cities, those in Glasgow have their heating on for the longest, at 5.4 hours per day. In second place is Nottingham at 5.2 hours per day, and third is Birmingham at 5.1 hours per day.

The UK cities where people keep their heating on the longest on average: 

  1. Glasgow – 5.4 hours  
  2. Nottingham – 5.2 hours  
  3. Birmingham – 5.1 hours  
  4. Sheffield – 5.0 hours  
  5. Leeds – 4.9 hours  
  6. Liverpool – 4.9 hours  
  7. London – 4.9 hours  

The top five cities where people keep their heating on for 12+ hours a day on average:

  1. Glasgow (12%) 
  2. Nottingham (10%) 
  3. Sheffield (10%) 
  4. Cardiff (9%) 
  5. Birmingham (8%) 

More than one in ten (13%) Brits have their heating at 25 degrees or above. Although they don’t leave the heating on for long each day, 11% of those from Belfast keep their thermostat at 25 degrees. If homes are well insulated, ScS says, turning the heating up high for a short amount of time might be a good way to heat up homes for less.  

The regions where people leave their heating on the longest do so at a lower temperature. One in four in Birmingham (25%), Sheffield (25%), and Liverpool (24%) set their thermostat to 18 degrees or lower.

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ScS and We Buy Any House provides tips for saving money on heating bills

To help Brits save money whilst staying warm this winter, ScS has teamed up with Holly Herbert, Head of Content at, to create some top tips for saving money on heating bills: 

Don’t heat empty space 

Holly says: “Don’t bother heating rooms that are empty, such as hallways or unused spare rooms. Instead, turn the radiators off and close the doors. Doing so can cut your bill by a third depending on how many rooms you’re not using. 

Fluffy flooring 

“Using mats and rugs for floors that aren’t carpeted will help heat cold floors for less than underfloor heating and make you feel warmer, so you don’t feel the need to crank up the heating,” Holly adds. 

Window warmers 

“Thick curtains are also a great way to keep the heat in your home. Opt for those marked thermal and make sure you keep these closed to avoid drafts coming in and encouraging you to have the heating on higher, saving around 10% off your bill,” advises Holly.  

Furniture placement  

“Make sure your bed is closer to the radiator than the window (not too close or it will trap the heat), to help you feel warmer while you sleep. Similarly, ensure your sofa isn’t too close to the radiator as this will absorb the heat and the room won’t feel the benefit. In general, keep all furniture six inches away from the radiators to allow the heat to flow around the room more efficiently, saving up to 10% on bills. Keeping sofas and chairs away from external walls will also help you feel warmer while relaxing,” says Holly. 

Dale Gillespie, Head of Acquisition at ScS, comments: “Though many put off turning the heating on until temperatures drop really low, it’s surprising to see how many people leave it on for most of the day.

“We were surprised to see such a difference in behaviours across the UK with some cities preferring to heat their homes in short blasts but whacking the thermostat high where others heat on low for longer hours. 

“As we’re spending more time at home, it’s amazing how big a difference a little thing like moving your sofa can help to heat up a room and reduce heating bills.”

What temperature is the best for your home?

Published On: December 16, 2019 at 9:17 am


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Winter is here, outside it’s freezing cold, it’s time to put the heating on. But what temperature do you choose?

Too high and you’ll be cosy, but need to take out a bank loan to pay your heating bill; too low and it won’t make a difference to the cold. How do you stay warm whilst keeping bills modest? Boiler installation and repairs experts Boiler Plan have the answer.

Keeping your thermostat set to 18-20 degrees will keep bills at an acceptable level whilst still keeping the cold at bay.

Cold temperatures and dark nights can see energy bills spike by up to 20% throughout the season. On the topic of money-saving and energy efficiency, Boiler Plan has shared their top tips:


Insulating your property will prevent heat from escaping and prolong the effects of heating your home. Having well-located windows, well-sealed doors and ensuring walls, lofts and foundations are thermally insulated can reduce heat loss by 25-50%.

Smart controls

Having a smart meter or smart thermostat can bring multiple benefits. A smart meter allows you to track in real-time the amount of electricity you are using and enables you to limit the amount of waste. A smart thermostat means you can switch your heating on and off as you please remotely, without the need to have a pre-set timer on your boiler, which again reduces waste and therefore keeps costs down.

Swapping your bulbs

Switching from normal halogen bulbs to LED or energy-saving light bulbs can reduce energy consumption, and also have a longer lifespan. Experts believe that you can save roughly £35 a year[3] from making these changes to your lighting – another example of a short-term investment delivering a long-term monetary gain. 

Buy energy-efficient appliances

Replacing old inefficient household appliances also provides an opportunity to bring your spend down. Items such as a kettle, fridge or even your boiler itself may not be as efficient as they could be. By changing your appliances to more energy-efficient models, the amount of electricity used to maintain them will be cut significantly and their performance will be enhanced, resulting in lower energy bills in the short and longer-term…

How to help tenants achieve low eco-friendly energy bills

Published On: December 10, 2019 at 9:17 am


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Winter is upon us once again, which means it’s time for letting agents and landlords to consider the energy solutions and advice they offer to tenants.

Tenant Shop points out that while renters prioritise keeping costs down for bills, they are also increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their energy consumption.

Tenants increasingly conscious of environmental issues

Renters are now, more than ever, concerned with where their energy comes from and whether or not it is renewable.

Research by Your Move shows that 42% of tenants regard the eco-friendliness of a home as key when choosing a rental property – a figure which jumps to 50% in London.

According to Tenant Shop, this is a trend that is only going to grow as the climate crisis intensifies.

Glenn Seddington, Managing Director of Tenant Shop, says: “Having access to renewable energy could soon become a top priority for tenants as the population is more aware of green issues and people are increasingly committed to reducing their carbon footprint.”

Keeping energy bills down will always be paramount

It’s also important for tenants to be able to access affordable energy suppliers and tariffs. Keeping monthly bills down in cost will always be at the forefront of their minds.

Letting agents and landlords have a number of ways they can help in this situation.

Seddington explains: “One of the most effective ways agents and landlords can help tenants to keep energy costs down is by making rental properties as energy-efficient as possible.

“This could include servicing the boiler, providing cavity insulation and installing draught excluders.

“On top of this, tenants would also benefit from expert advice on how to keep a property warm without breaking the bank on heating costs.

“This kind of holistic service can help to keep tenants happy during the long winter months, increasing the chances of them staying for the long-term.”

Choosing a supplier in a busy market

Seddington says: “Energy is likely to be one of the most significant bills tenants pay each month, particularly in the winter.

“The modern renter has choice and flexibility in most aspects of their life, so there’s no reason why energy shouldn’t be a part of this.”

Seddington explains that tenants will increasingly look for a balance between affordable bills and being eco-friendly.

“Anything agents and landlords can do to facilitate this through advice, offers and home improvements could be highly valuable in securing long-term, happy renters,” he says.

Renters missing out on energy savings by not switching providers

Published On: October 10, 2016 at 10:15 am


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Latest analysis has revealed that a number of UK renters could be missing out on savings totalling more than £1bn, due to lack of knowledge surrounding energy suppliers.

This lack of knowledge concerns having bills included in rental payments and failing to discuss matters with landlords , according to MoneySuperMarket.

Lack of information

The report examines energy provider switching habits among renters and shows that nearly half of UK renters were given no information on their provider at the start of their tenancy.

12% of tenants said that they feel their landlord is solely responsible for switching energy providers. This is greater amongst younger tenants, with 20% of those between 18-34 believing this to be the case.

One-tenth of renters said that they did not know who their energy provider is, with 6% saying they cannot locate their meter!

Renters missing out on energy savings by not switching providers

Renters missing out on energy savings by not switching providers


Rules outlined by Ofgem, the energy market regulator, state that if a tenant’s name is on the energy bill, they are entitled to switch provider themselves. Even if a landlord’s name appears on the bill, with the amount owning paid by the tenant in rental costs, it is worth discussing switching provider should potential savings be made.

Stephen Murray, energy expert at MoneySuperMarket said: ‘When it comes to energy switching in rented property, there is some confusion over who takes responsibility. In an ideal world, you would be provided with information on who the supplier is and the average bill size at the start of the agreement. Renters would then be encouraged to shop around for a cheaper tariff and make the switch. However, it seems this isn’t happening in far too many instances.’[1]

‘Ofgem has stated categorically that tenants are entitled to change supplier at any time if they are responsible for paying the energy bill, and should not be unreasonably prevented from doing this. There are savings of up to £3594 per household to be made by switching suppliers, so it pays to take control and shop around. But it’s always important to keep your landlord up to speed with any change you plan to make, Murray added.[1]





Tips for keeping energy bills down…and heat in!

Published On: December 20, 2015 at 11:15 am


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Winter is upon us and for many over 50’s, this can lead to months of worrying about their energy bills.

As temperatures plummet, one in five people in this age bracket said that they will struggle to pay their bills, with one in ten saying that they would go to bed earlier or get up later to avoid putting their heating on.


Despite energy prices remaining fairly constant from the same period this year, over half of over 50’s are concerned about the cost of their energy bills ahead of the coldest period. The greatest concerns are from those living in the North East, Scotland and Wales.

61% of over 50’s said that they would have to wear extra clothing or just put the heating on at certain times of the day in order to economise. 30% said that they would only heat certain parts of their home, while 30% said that they would only heat specific rooms.

Shockingly, one in eight people said they wouldn’t go in some rooms of their home due to the cold!

Lisa Harris, head of communications for Saga, said, ‘keeping warm in winter is not a luxury it’s essential for many to keep fit and well over the winter months. People shouldn’t be afraid of putting the heating on, but one in ten admit that they would only put their heating on as a last resort. However, there are often lots of relatively simple measures that people can take to help keep control of their energy bills.’[1]

Tips for keeping energy bills down...and heat in!

Tips for keeping energy bills down…and heat in!

Tips to stay warm!

Before it is too late and Jack Frost and his friends take their grip on proceedings, here are five top-tips to keep heat in and costs down:

  • Properly seal windows and doors

20% of heat from a home escapes through cracks in doors and windows. Using draught excluders, curtains and efficiently sealing windows can massively help in keeping properties toasty warm

  • Put heating on a timer

By setting a central heating timer, bills can be slashed. Setting the heating to come on for a couple of hours on the morning and in the evening is much-more cost effective than leaving it on all day! What’s more, those chilly showers in the morning will be a little more bearable when the heating has been on for a while!

  • Insulate your loft

It has been proven that loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years and can save up to £250 on energy bills every year. Those living in bungalows should look at getting their loft insulated as a priority, with the larger surface area of the roof in comparison to a house meaning heat can escape at a faster rate.

  • Get walls insulated

Insulating walls properly can save the average property owner £460 per year on energy bills. It is important to get the correct type of insulation installed. Either Cavity Wall Insulation or Internal/External Wall Insulation will reduce heat loss.

  • Turn off electrical items

The Energy Saving Trust suggests that homeowners in the UK could save £1.7bn per year by turning off electrical items. Turning off lights, TV’s, phone chargers and game consoles are all measures that could save money. Don’t think that by putting something on standby means that it is off…turn it off properly!