back Posted on 12 May 2023
Five Reasons Why Going Green is Good for Northern Ireland Landlords
In this two-minute read, we look at why going green can make ethical and business sense.

A growing number of property investors are coming around to the idea that ‘green’ homes are good.

This is great news for the environment as energy usage in homes accounts for 14% of total UK emissions1.

Given that there are 2.7 million landlords in the UK2, it’s clear that the private rental sector can play an important role in helping the planet.

But the case for going green isn’t just environmental; there are several reasons why it makes good business sense for landlords to embrace energy-efficient technology and design.

Here are five reasons why it can pay to go green.

1.     It impresses tenants
Many tenants are passionate about sustainability – 42% take green considerations into account when searching for a new home3. If your property has green credentials, it’s more likely to stand out from the crowd, particularly if you’re trying to attract renters who are young professionals.

2.     Lower bills
Features such as double or triple-glazing, insulation, smart meters, energy-saving light bulbs and solar panels mean lower energy bills. We’re yet to meet a tenant who doesn’t like saving money on gas and electricity.

3.     Adds value
If you decide to sell the property, the green features you’ve invested in should add value. One study found that high-performance green homes sell for 3.5% more than their standard counterparts4.

4.     Mortgage
Going green may save you money on your mortgage. Green buy-to-let mortgages, which give borrowers discounted rates when they make energy-efficient improvements, are becoming increasingly popular.

5.     Change is coming
The Stormont Assembly may consider bringing in tougher Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rules in line with England. Work you do now on greening your property will put you in a good place should these rules be introduced. Also, you won’t get caught in the rush to adapt properties in time for any deadline.

Thanks for reading, and if you’d like more advice on ways to make your property more energy-efficient and increase its value in the process, contact us here at Pinkertons.

1 Climate Change Committee
2 Ludlow Thompson
3 Simply Business
4 Law Depot
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