Originally posted by: jencam
Private renting has increased significantly since the late 1990s, particularly amongst the younger generation, and is probably set to increase even further in the foreseeable future unless legislation is imposed to counteract it.
Then it will increase because no government will address it, they have a vested interest in not doing so. Of course we will hear the usual political posturing. But let's not discuss politics else the IET will remind us it's not within the IET's scope!
You raise a good point about the rental sector but in reality energy use is going down overall, it's just the prices increasing because of the 'Green' requirements the governments are placing upon our bills and the energy companies and because of the way they have allowed the markets to be structured. I can assure you that if every person in the UK cut their energy by 75% tomorrow then we would still see our energy costs increased.
If you look today then there are many more flats with electric heating and for my degree I completed an extensive engineering investigation into the control of that heating. It made sense because my house had it. I looked at the manufacturers energy saving claims and found them to be false and based upon no proper evidence. However I did find a way to save 3 times what the manufacturers claimed they could save by using a different methodology of control. To prove it I modified my heating and installed the control and compiled the data. Interestingly however I also found out some of my heaters were undersized!! I actually received an IET award for the project!
I think there are a lot of areas where energy use can be reduced, but nowadays costs are being influenced more by Green tariffs and how the markets operate than they are the energy saving measures we put in place.
But it's an interesting point you make. I think however if landlords were required to do more the tennant would end up paying for it.