5 energy checks to make before you rent a new house

The summer is a popular time for moving house or renting a new place, especially for students starting university and looking for a place to rent with mates. In all the excitement of checking square footage, proximity to local amenities (aka the pub!) and where you get the best phone signal in the house, don’t forget to check out some of the energy features too.

These simple checks could save you a lot of headaches after you move in, so make sure you discuss them with the rental company or landlord before you sign on the dotted line.

  • Where are the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms?

A working smoke alarm and carbon dioxide alarm are potential life savers in any home, so before you move into a new house make sure these are in place and test they are working. Replace batteries if they aren’t devices which are connected to the mains and check the location of them all over the house. Make sure you test them regularly and contact your landlord straight away if you notice they have stopped working.

  • When was the boiler last serviced?

Your boiler is essential for heating your home and providing you with hot water, but it’s also a potential source of deadly carbon monoxide gas which can have fatal consequences if left undetected. Unfortunately, it has no smell, no taste or colour so unless you have an alarm in place you won’t know it’s there.

Find out from your landlord when the boiler was last serviced and when it is due to be serviced again. Not only will this keep you safe, but it will make your home more energy efficient too.

  • Is there an attic? Does it have insulation?

Set aside arguments over who gets the best bedroom for a second and check if your new home has an attic or roof space, and if so, is it insulated? It is recommended that loft insulation be between 250mm-270mm in thickness to effectively reduce heat loss.

Not having loft insulation or having thin and ineffective insulation in place will cost you more in home heating oil, as it will be harder to retain heat in the house leading you to have your heating switched on for longer.

  • Is there a smell of damp anywhere in the house?

A damp or musty smell is obvious when you walk into a house, yet it’s an important issue to address with the landlord. Damp can lead to mould and mildew, which can exaggerate some health conditions like dry skin and asthma if left untreated.

Usual culprits tend to be bathrooms, kitchens and unused bedrooms, so check these carefully and decide if it’s something you can live with or something your landlord needs to address.

  • Where is the hot water heater and is it in good condition?

Your hot water cylinder needs to be in good shape (i.e. no obvious leaks or rusting) to ensure it will provide you with the hot water you need for showers, but an added bonus is if it is fitted with an insulating jacket as this shows your landlord cares about energy efficiency. This simple addition keeps the water warmer for longer, which will save you money in the long run on home heating oil.

Once you have moved into your new place, don’t forget to give us a call for your home heating oil top up. You can get a quote on our website at any time and super speedy delivery times so you won’t have to wait long for your tank to be refilled.

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