If you’re looking to buy or rent a property, then one of your largest outgoings after rent or mortgage payments is likely to be energy costs.
Over the course of your time in the property, the cost of energy will have a large impact, particularly if energy prices continue to rise. But, how can you know how much energy your home will consume?
This is where Energy Performance Certificates come in. In this blog, we answer all your questions about Energy Performance Certificates and their ratings including what they are, how they help you and how they can save you money.
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides an energy efficiency rating for a property. It also gives more information on energy use, how much this work would cost (approximately) and ways to save money.
An EPC contains vital information about how energy efficient your property is. Energy performance certificates contain:
The Government also has an EPC adviser service so that you can check how to make your home more energy efficient.
The first information usually provided on a property's EPC are the details of the property including:
The next section provides details about the current energy costs at the property and what these costs could be in the future if the property attains its potential energy performance rating. It covers the current and potential costs over a 3 year period of the:
Be aware though that these estimates don't take into account any other appliance or gadget that consumes energy in the home.
The certificate also provides recommendations on what areas of the property can be improved and by doing so what savings can be made. Typical areas that can be improved include:
The EPC rating is a proprietary grading given based on the energy performance review. Scales range from A (the most energy efficient) to G (the least energy efficient) with the average rating in the UK being between C and E. It only takes between 40mins to an hour for one to be created and they last for 10 years.
The rating is usually calculated based on the property's energy output (per m2) and the level of CO2 emissions per year.
An EPC is needed whenever a property is:
This means that any property owners looking to either sell or rent their home must provide a valid EPC for the new inhabitants. This must be done before you market the property and not after a deal has been agreed. If purchased or rented within the last 10 years, then there is a chance the EPC for the property is still valid, you can check the EPC register to 'Retrieve an Energy Performance Certificate'.
It isn’t necessary to display it in a home in England, but it is in Scotland, so be sure not to fall foul of the legislation. The law in Scotland states that an energy performance certificate must be displayed somewhere in the property. This doesn’t necessarily have to be in an open area, and it can be either in the meter cupboard or next to the boiler.
Getting an EPC is simple. When you’re selling or renting a property, you’ll have to find an accredited energy assessor who will then assess the energy efficiency of your property and provide you with a certificate that proves their assessment.
Generally speaking, prices can vary from £60 - £120 depending on whether third-party accreditors or an estate agent is being utilised. Because of this, it is well worth shopping around unless you can find a selling bundle deal. Here at House Network, an EPC only cost £75 (including VAT).
Although the vast majority of household dwellings need an EPC certificate, this isn’t true for all buildings. Certain buildings do not require one, these include:
If you do not want anyone else to be able to see your EPC rating, you can opt out of the EPC register here.
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