2018 brings a new energy efficient standard which means that there will be new laws affecting electric space heating in your rental property.
Essentially this means that any fixed electric heater in residential or business properties (this includes student accommodation) must comply with the Lot 20 directive minimum efficiency standards which aims to achieve a 20% energy saving by 2020.
Examples of fixed electrical heating you may have in your rental home or student accommodation are:
- Electric radiators
- Electric underfloor heating
- Electric and gas fires
The main aim for Lot 20 is to reduce our energy consumption through accurate management and in doing so modernise electric heating appliances to minimise wasted energy. In a similar way to changing our lightbulbs a few years ago for the new energy saving bulbs.
This will mainly be achieved by using intelligent timers, controls and sensors. Standard on/off heating appliances without intelligent controls will no longer be available from responsible manufacturers.
This new legislation will have a helpful impact on the regular home owner, students and landlords by reducing annual running costs.
In summary Lot 20 applies to all products sold in the EU/UK after the 1st January 2018 bought from anywhere in the world. It is both the responsibility of the manufacturer and the retailer to ensure that they follow these regulations.
Some products that are not compliant but manufactured before January 1st 2018 will be eligible for sale after the start date which will purely be a stock cleansing exercise to make way for compliant products.
If you would like a quote in regards to more energy efficient Lot 20 compliant heaters which will not only increase the Energy Performance of the house but should bring it up to a higher banding, in line with the new 2018 ‘Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency’ standard, please do contact us!