Published 3rd March, 2016
Your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) explained. Introduced in 2007 all properties For Sale or For Let are legally required to have an EPC.
An Energy Performance Certificate rates a property on a scale from A to G in terms of its capability to use energy efficiently. The report provides many recommendations for works that can be carried out to improve this rating.
The most efficient homes categorised in band A should have the lowest fuel bills as well as the lowest impact on the environment. The graphs display the current ratings as well as the potential ratings should the recommended works be carried out.
The EER shows the energy efficiency of your home – the higher the rating, the lower the running costs.
The EIR is a measure of the home’s effect on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, one of the biggest contributors to global warming. The higher the rating the less impact it has on the environment.
The average property in the UK is currently in Band D for both the Energy Efficiency Rating and the Energy Impact Rating.
By law an EPC must be carried out within 28 days of marketing your property by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor. As EPCs are valid for a duration of 10 years it may be that your property already has one, you can check this on the EPC register online.
As of 1st April 2018 all properties with a new lease starting after this date must have a minimum EPC rating of ‘E.’
Your EPC will suggest ways in which you can improve the efficiency of your home. Here are some common suggestions:
Switch to low energy lighting for all fixed outlets
Replace single glazed windows with Low-E double glazed windows
Increase loft insulation
Replace boiler with a new condensing boiler
Internal or external wall insulation
Solar Water heating