Energy Performance Certificates
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What is an EPC?
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.
What do EPCs contain?
- Information on your home’s energy use and typical energy costs.
- A recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and save money.
- Details of the person who carried out the EPC assessment.
- Who to contact if you want to make a complaint
- Energy use and potential savings
EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and estimated costs of energy use with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and energy costs could be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy 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.
EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing how you could 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
how the recommendations would change the energy efficiency rating of the property
which improvements may be eligible for funding through the Green Deal (for more information, see ‘The Green Deal’ section further down this page)
You don’t have to act on the recommendations in the recommendation report. However, if you decide to do so, it could make your property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient.
How to get an EPC and how long they’re valid for:
An EPC is valid for ten years
You should receive an EPC when you enquire about buying or renting a home. You’ll need to provide one if you are selling or letting your home.
Which buildings don’t need an EPC?
The following buildings don’t need an EPC when they are built, rented or sold:
places of worship
temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years
standalone buildings with total useful floor area of less than 50 square metres that aren’t used to provide living accommodation for a single household
industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy
holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy
EPCs for business premises
Owners of all commercial buildings also have to provide an EPC when they sell or let commercial premises.