In the UK, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are an essential part of buying, selling and renting homes. But what is an EPC rating?
In short, an EPC rating is a review of a property’s energy efficiency. They’re primarily used by would-be buyers or renters to quickly see how much their energy bills will cost in their new house or flat.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, EPCs are carried out by EPC assessors or ‘Domestic Energy Assessors’ (in Scotland, they must be government-approved organisations). The EPC assessor will carry out a brief survey of your home before producing the EPC. The house is then placed on a colour-coded scale from A to G, A being the most efficient with the cheapest fuel bills.
Your house’s EPC rating will depend on:
- The amount of energy used per m²
- The level of carbon dioxide emissions (given in tonnes per year)
Once issued, the EPC will be valid for 10 years – if your EPC is older than this, you’ll need to get a new EPC issued before you can sell or rent your house.
Anyone can access a house’s EPC online for free via the EPC register, so they come in handy when comparing potential future homes on paper. It’s the responsibility of the house seller or landlord to provide a valid EPC – the prospective buyers shouldn’t have to pay anything.
But there’s a bit more to it than that. EPCs are also a useful tool for homeowners to improve the efficiency, running cost and thus the overall comfort of their home.
The importance of a high EPC rating
Apart from listed buildings, every house needs to have a valid EPC before it can be sold. The EPC rating makes for a much easier comparison between houses, particularly when potential buyers are forced to make a tough call between several homes. Even at a glance, almost anyone would opt for the high-scoring, A-rated, green property over the low scoring, G-rated, red one.
If the latter is the case for your home, don’t worry; the Energy Performance Certificate explains what steps can be taken to improve your EPC rating. So, improving the energy efficiency of your home now will stand you in good stead when it comes to selling.
Once you’ve made the improvements, it’s a good idea to have a new survey done to reflect these changes.
For more details and full explanation of EPC, click here- https://www.evergreenenergy.co.uk/sustainable-home/what-is-an-epc-rating