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A massive thank you to all our customers that have taken time to post a review about us and thank you all for your kind words. My biggest thanks are for my wonderful team of Julie, Amelia, Laura, Emma, Mel and Barbara who are the best. It is they that deliver the brilliant customer service and whose hard work that has been recognised in such a positive way.
Almost two thirds of homes in England and Wales have poor EPC ratings
-Sprift data highlights that 60 per cent of properties have the lower energy-efficiency grades D to G -Improvements to these properties could more than halve their CO2 emissions
With the climate crisis high on the news agenda, recent research highlighting that homes with higher energy ratings are worth more. Property data specialist Sprift has analysed the last decade of EPC data on its platform and uncovered that almost two thirds of properties (60 per cent) in England and Wales have the lower ratings of D to G when it comes to energy efficiency*.
The data confirms that 41 per cent of properties have the average EPC rating of D, and that only 29,293 homes in England and Wales received an A rating, which equates to 0.2 per cent.
Further analysis has identified that this tranche of lower EPC rated properties produced a whopping 77 per cent of all CO2 emissions from homes in England and Wales. However, potential improvements made to these properties, could more than halve (51 per cent) their emissions.
Main areas for improvements
When it comes to making improvements to D to G-rated properties, the following four installation recommendations are made most often:
Solar photovoltaic panels 2.5 kWp
Solar water heating
Low energy lighting2
Matt Gilpin, CEO of Sprift, said: “These figures around how many properties fall into the lower EPC ratings categories, and the amount of CO2 emissions they produce are alarming, particularly against the backdrop of the COP 26 Summit, and target of net zero emissions by 2050.
“When it comes to improving their EPC ratings, homeowners can really play their part. However, we must not forget that for many, paying for improvements will be both unaffordable and unachievable. Following the failure of the green homes grant, the government must look at how it can provide funding to assist with upgrades in order to meet net zero emission targets.
“Interestingly, if some of the A-rated homes go on to make even further improvements then this category of property would be – potentially – carbon neutral (excluding build CO2)!”
Sounds like a plan! Hot Dogs, a few drinks, friends, a roaring fire and fireworks, of course. But, the question is can you host a bonfire party? If local council regulations are followed , public displays are fine for homeowners. But what about tenants? Well, that depends largely on their tenancy agreement.
In the absence of a fireworks clause, many tenancy agreements will specify that tenants cannot cause any nuisance or aggravation to neighbours, and certainly not engage in antisocial behaviour.
Always gain consent from both the landlord and neighbours. If loud noise is inevitable, try and keep it confined to a short, previously agreed, period of time.
Fireworks can be very loud and are known to cause distress to pets and elderly people so don’t go overboard. If guests are attending, make sure they keep noise to a minimum if celebrating into the night.
Be aware of any potential damage, such as damage to the ground, and determine in advance whether you have the budget or resources to repair any damage.
Prior to holding a bonfire night party, tenants should seek permission from their neighbours and landlord. But the top consideration should be the safety of everyone attending, no matter how small the gathering.
Every year, there are an average of 552 fireworks accidents, some of which are deadly. Because of this, the fire brigade always recommends that people attend events that are properly organized.
The distance between your guests and the fireworks or bonfire should be considerable for a fireworks night party. If you can, designate an area for letting off fireworks that is away from your house and any fences or trees in the area.
Are fireworks safe to let off if you have a concrete patio? If they topple once they’re lit, they could shoot into your fence, house or other objects.
While fireworks can pose a threat in enclosed spaces such as a small garden, they are not nearly as dangerous as bonfires. If not properly constructed, bonfires can damage fences, sheds, bushes, and trees, not to mention the people around them.
If children will be present, barriers should be used to keep them well away from the fire.
It is your responsibility to ensure the safety of those attending the event.
In general, we advise that tenants work hard to get the permission of their landlords and neighbours. Giving a small gift or expression of goodwill is a nice way to show your appreciation for the latter. Or you could simply invite them, which would negate the issue altogether.
Practicing common sense at all times is essential. If common sense tells you that hosting a fireworks party is in violation of your tenancy agreement or could be dangerous, you’re probably better off going to the local fireworks display.
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