Landlords may consider making property more energy efficient, following claims that more well-known companies are promoting retrofitting.

Deputy director of Green Alliance Thomas Lingard said that retrofitting is an important part of the UK's aim to cut carbon emissions.

"People are very protective of their houses and will be reassured by brands that they know and trust. If somebody comes around and offers to do something to your house and you've not heard of them, you might have some questions."

He hopes that such companies can help to expand the scheme and that the government will introduce more policies to do so.

Some 75 per cent of homes that will be occupied in 2050 are those that already exist, Mr Lingard explained.

Schemes to make new builds more environmentally friendly already exist, but these do not benefit older property, he continued.

Energy bills for tenants and landlords may be cut by pay as you save pilots introduced by the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan.

The scheme involves funding to make a property more environmentally friendly and is paid back in the money saved on fuel cost.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19550013-ADNFCR

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