Energy Performance Certificate
What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. An Energy Performance Certificate gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.
Who needs and Energy Performance Certificate?
An Energy Performance Certificate is needed whenever a property is built, sold or rented. As stated on the government website you must order an Energy Performance Certificate for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent. These regulations have been in place since 2007.
From 2018, it will be illegal for vendors to sell and landlords to rent out Band F and G rated properties. Furthermore from 2016 a tenant request to improve the Energy Performance Certificate rating cannot be refused.
To help home owners improve the energy efficiency of their property, the Government launched a flagship energy initiative, the Green Deal, at the start of 2013. The Green Deal aims to fund energy-saving upgrades for your home without any upfront costs. Instead, the costs are added to your energy bills and staggered over time, like a loan.
The improvements that could save you the most energy depend on your home, but typical examples include:
- insulation – solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation
- double glazing
- renewable energy generation – solar panels or heat pumps
How can Homemaker Properties help?
Homemaker Properties can arrange for a Domestic Energy Assessor to visit your property, carry out the energy efficient survey and issue the Energy Performance Certificate.
For more information and to book your Energy Performance Certificate speak to a member of the team today. Call us on 02476 100 390 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org