Every building in the UK, whether it’s been bought or rented out, requires an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate). An EPC survey needs to be carried out to obtain this; you’ll obtain more information about how energy efficient it is and be able to find ways to improve its efficiency as well.
Landlords should remember that on April 1st 2018, they are required by law, to only let out a property that meets the minimum performance rating (E).
What is an EPC?
Every new appliance that you purchase has a coloured sticker on it, which indicates how energy efficient it is.
The same applies to buildings, which have their own EPC ratings – ranging from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). This rating tells you how cost-efficient it is to warm up and cool down your home. This also gives insight into how you can make it more cost-efficient.
This rating is a legal requirement, even if you aren’t renting or selling your home.
How can you boost your EPC rating?
- Do you use halogen light? If so consider replacing it with LED light or compact fluorescent light.
- Install roof insulation. This has a standard lifespan of at least 40 years.
- Install modern temperature controls, such as a thermostat.
- Assess the state of your windows – could they be insulated further?
- Take a look at your walls and address any cavities to lessen the risk of air infiltration.
- Examine your appliances’ energy ratings. Consider replacing them with more energy efficient ones, where possible.
- Look at ways to obtain renewable energy, such as solar panels.
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