What Are Energy Performance Certificates?

You must have an Energy Performance Certificate available in order to market your property. They are simple to arrange and cost in the order of £65.00. EPCs give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

EPCs contain information on your home's energy use and carbon dioxide emissions and a recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions

Energy use and carbon dioxide emissions

EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is 'D'. All homes are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.
Around 27 per cent of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from domestic homes. Carbon dioxide contributes to climate change. Find out more by reading ‘Climate change: a quick guide’.

The recommendation report

EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing what you could do to help reduce the amount of energy you use and your carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation, possible cost savings per year if the improvements are made and how the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property. You don’t have to act on the recommendations in the recommendation report.

The certificate also contains detailed estimates of potential energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and fuel costs. Details of the person who carried out the EPC assessment and who to contact if you want to make a complaint.

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