This guide is for Energy Performance Certificates. An important document that describes a property’s energy usage and average energy costs. They are required under law (since 2008), much like gas safety certifications.
What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
The sticker that indicates how energy efficient an appliance is will always be included when you buy a new appliance. For buildings, this is also true. Each building is assigned an EPC rating, ranging between A, the most efficient to G, the least efficient. This rating will let you know how much it costs to heat and cool your home.
An EPC is a report that provides information about the energy use of a property and its typical energy costs. Additionally, it makes recommendations for how to reduce energy use and increase efficiency. The EPC must be obtained before you place the property on the marketplace. If the certificate is still valid, you might be able use the EPC issued to you when the property was first purchased.
EPCs can also be viewed at the national EPC register for any property that is equipped with one.
Is an EPC required?
EPCs are required to be obtained by anyone selling or letting out property. A commercial property that you intend to sell or lease will require an EPC.
There are some exceptions that do not require an EPC. These are:
A rented bedroom within a house.
There are a few types of listed buildings
Unchangeable property, which cannot be made more energy efficient
What does an EPC cost and how much do they cost?
EPCs are not to be paid for, whether you are buying or renting. It should be presented free by the seller, landlord, or agent.
Although you can get an EPC to be done for your own personal use to reduce energy consumption it will cost you money. They are available in a range of prices from PS35 to PS120. Get several quotes.
What information are displayed on an EPC page?
An EPC will look just like the multicolored sticker on your new appliances. It will include:
An energy efficiency rating
How much does it cost to maintain your home?
This is a summary on energy performance-related features
An EPC will assign an energy efficiency rating to your property. This rating will reflect how energy efficient it is. This rating ranges from A to B, as mentioned previously.
A D-grade rating will be assigned to older properties that have not been retrofitted with energy-saving technology. Landlords are required by law to obtain an E-grade or higher. Failure to do so can result in a penalty of up PS4,000.
This summary will show you how energy-efficient different areas of your home. You can use it to guide you in deciding which areas to concentrate on when improving your home’s efficiency.
Who can conduct an EPC
An EPC is issued by an EPC assessor who has been accredited to domestic energy. An estate agent, letting agent, or other professional can help you find one.
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