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10 Tips to save money and stay warm this winter


If you rent out a property, your tenant can access all of the help listed here at no or a reduced cost to you. Making the home you rent out warmer and more energy efficient could improve the condition of the home and help you to meet your legal responsibilities under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard.



Landlord responsbilities?

As a landlord you must ensure that your property meets the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, or MEES for short. It’s the law.

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Free solar panels, insulation and more…

If your tenant has a gross annual income of £30,000 or less, and your property has an EPC of D or below, you could receive partial funding for a solar PV system, solid wall insulation and an air source heat pump. This is worth up to £5,000

Save energy. Save money.

Help your tenants save money by making them aware of our energy saving and advice service. Portsmouth City Council works closely with the Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP for short) to offer eligible residents a completely FREE energy and money saving service.

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Free gas central

If your tenant is eligible, your property’s heating system could be upgraded to gas central heating for free. Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant residents are being offered free gas central heating systems and installation as part of a new Portsmouth City Council initiative.

For further info on the scheme, click here
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Save water,
save money

Assist your tenant with reducing their bills by making them aware that their water use at home contributes to their energy bill.


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Switch energy supplier

We have teamed up with uSwitch to get Portsmouth residents switched on to saving money on energy bills.

It’s quick and easy to compare different gas and electricity suppliers to help find the cheapest energy prices. Switch to a better deal and cut the cost of your bills. It really is that straight forward with uSwitch taking care of the switch process, so you don’t have to!

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People we've helped



Through a number of partnerships Portsmouth City Council were able to offer Cynthia expert advice which lead to a number of energy saving measures being offered at no cost.


This included:

  • Free gas central heating
  • Free low energy LED lighting
  • Free energy efficiency advice
  • Free loft insulation
  • A more cost-effective energy tariff
  • Income and benefits


“I’m so happy with my new heating system, the installers have worked miracles. I can’t tell you enough how brilliant the whole process was, they were lovely people. I’d give the scheme 15 out of 10” – Cynthia


In total Cynthia received £4,200 worth of home energy improvements which deliver her an annual saving of £3,740 including increased income.