Many people think that installing renewable energy is only an option for people who own the house that they live in. Luckily, that’s a misconception – although you will, of course, need permission from your landlord if you want to make any structural alterations.
Every landlord is different, and some are more approachable than others. On top of that, their openness for making changes is likely to depend on how long you’ve been a tenant. If you’ve been living there for a long time, your landlord may even offer to cover part – or all – of the cost.
Ultimately, switching to renewable energy could actually be in your landlord’s best interests, and it’s your responsibility as a tenant to convince them of that. It all comes down to the type of renewable energy that you’re hoping to implement.
These devices are able to absorb low grade heat from the ground and to use it to heat your house and your water. One of the main advantages of these pumps is that the temperature of the ground tends to stay consistent throughout the year, which makes it more reliable than some other forms of renewable energy.
Installing a ground source heat pump can save you £2,800 per year for an average three-bedroom house. Part of that’s down to government subsidies, so be sure to see what financial options are available to help to get your landlord’s support.
These pumps are designed to take heat from the air and to use it for central heating and hot water systems. It can be hard to imagine this in cooler climates – such as in the UK – but the reality is that air source heat pumps are still a viable option even when the temperatures outside are below freezing.
Remind your landlord of the potential savings again. You could save £985 a year for a three-bedroom house and £1,328 for a five-bedroom, and while air source heat pumps aren’t suitable for all buildings, they’re hugely beneficial if you’re able to fit them.
Solar Thermal Panels aren’t the same as solar PV panels, and you’ll want to make sure that your landlord knows the difference. Thermal panels work by using heat from the sun to warm water, which is then pumped through to a solar coil in your water tank.
One of the main benefits of these panels is that they can connect with most current heat sources and can cover over half of your annual hot water needs. This means that they can increase the lifespan of a boiler whilst simultaneously cutting costs, and your landlord doesn’t need to fully commit to renewable energy because they work best when coupled with a more traditional backup.
There’s a huge range of biomass boilers on the market, and your landlord is more likely to give you the go ahead if you can find a knowledgeable supplier to partner with.
These boilers use wood pellets, which are price stable compared to other forms of fuel and which burn cleanly, reducing carbon emissions. They’re perfect for older buildings, safe to use and easy to switch to, and the pellets are sustainable as long as new plants are continually grown in place of the ones that are used for fuel.
Solar photovoltaic – or solar PV – panels are the panels that most people think of when they’re looking into renewable energy. It may be easier to persuade your landlord to use these systems than others because they’ve already heard about them – however, there are plenty of myths that go along with that.
Most people have an inflated sense of how much solar PV panels cost, and they also fail to realise that any surplus power can be channeled back into the national grid. It’s a truly clean technology with no CO2 emissions or fuel costs.
Of course, if you’re trying to get your landlord on board then it’s going to help if you can communicate some of the many good reasons for switching to renewable energy sources. Those reasons include:
On top of that, renewable energy systems save money in the long run, so calculate how long your setup will take to pay for itself. Most landlords see their properties as investments in the future, and renewable energy is exactly that – especially because the systems can also boost the value of the property.
We’ve got you covered. If you want to know more – or if you need a little help to convince your landlord – then get in touch with us.
At Franck Energy, we’re more than happy to offer help and advice to people who are thinking about switching to renewable energy. We’re friendly, knowledgeable, and keen to share our love of renewables by taking you through the different options that are available and the different factors that will come into play for your unique home and situation.
Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!