If you’re selling or renting out a house or a flat, you will need an Energy Performance Certificate in order to put your house on the market- it shows how energy efficient your property is. EPC’s are needed whenever a property is built, sold or rented and contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs. It includes estimated energy costs, a summary of your homes energy performance related features and provides recommendations on how to reduce energy use and save money with estimated costs for implementing the changes. It also offers an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. They were first introduced in England and Wales. New build homes tend to have high EPC ratings whilst older homes often have lower ratings. The average in the UK is D.
Common recommendations on how to improve your energy efficiency rating:
Insulation for your floor, roof, loft or walls. Better insulation will reduce the need for heating. Double glazing / triple glazing. Solar panels produce cheaper and greener energy. Low energy lighting is a cheap and easy way to lower energy bills
The EPC register is a governments online database of all EPC’s in the UK. You can search for any EPC by using the postcode of the property you wish to look for. This is a useful tool to look up either your EPC or a property you intend to purchase/rent.
Finding an energy assessor
If your property doesn’t have an EPC or has expired, you will need to get one before you can sell. You can source an energy assessor online or mint homes can arrange this for you.
How much do EPC’s cost?
They can cost anywhere up to approximately £120. mint homes charge £80 plus VAT and instruct a 3rd party to carry out the work.
EPC’s for listed properties
Since 2013, listed buildings have been exempt from EPC’s, providing they reach a certain minimum standards for energy performance. Many recommendations that can help with increasing an EPC rating such as insulation or double glazing can harm the authenticity of a listed property, but you can make improvements which will cause minimal harm to the aesthetics/structure such as switching to a renewable energy source, installing a more efficient boiler and draught-proofing.