Energy - and the effective use of it - is an important issue both economically and environmentally. Next week (week commencing 20th January) sees two separate events taking place that have energy efficiency as a key theme and could help landlords and tenants alike in a variety of ways.

On Thursday 23rd January Energy Action Scotland is hosting a conference - Energy Efficiency, Fuel Poverty and Sustaining Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector - in Glasgow. This event, which is free to attend for registered landlords in Scotland, will focus on the future regulation of energy efficiency in private rented sector homes.

Taking place from 9.30am until 4.30pm at the Marriott hotel on Argyle Street, the conference aims to introduce and facilitate landlords' engagement with national and local services delivering energy efficiency measures that will both improve the EPC rating and provide warm, dry homes for tenants. It will support wider awareness of services providing advice and education and will raise awareness of wise energy use in the home - key to achieving good energy habits and tackling fuel poverty.

The event will provide landlords with an understanding that services like the above can in some cases be free or delivered for a modest investment, potentially resulting in a significant return in benefits such as the avoidance of dampness and the retention of sustained healthy tenancies.

For further information on Energy Action Scotland's Energy Efficiency, Fuel Poverty and Sustaining Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector conference - including how to register for the event - click here.

Meanwhile Monday sees the start of Big Energy Saving Week, a national campaign led by Citizens Advice to help people cut their energy bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.

Among the highlights of the week will be events run by organisations around the country, and Citizens Advice will provide advice and tips as well as highlighting its energy price comparison tool. A '20 ways to save' guide has also been produced for Big Energy Saving Week. We've highlighted just a handful of these tips below, but be sure to check out the full guide:

Click here to read more about Big Energy Saving Week, including the 20 ways to save guide.