To green or not to green – that is the question.
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a special rating used to assess the energy efficiency and environmental impact of commercial or residential properties throughout the UK. They are required if you plan to sell or rent your property. In fact, estate agents, property sellers, and landlords who fail to disclose EPC’s to buyers or renters can face stiff penalties.
But, these ratings are also useful if you plan on staying in your home for the foreseeable future.
Also, they can be necessary if you want to take advantage of government schemes such as the Feed in Tariff (FiT) or the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to part fund your energy saving or generating project.
How can an EPC help you as a permanent homeowner?
Much like the energy efficiency stickers you see on newer appliances, an EPC includes a performance grade of A (very good) to G (very bad). This lettered score allows future buyers and renters to better understand:
- How much they’ll have to spend on utility bills for heating and lighting
- What their CO2 outputs will be throughout the year
But even if you have no intention of moving anytime soon, you can use your home’s EPC to identify potential energy efficiency improvements that can both save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Getting an Energy Performance Certificate
An EPC can be produced for you by one of Co-operative Energy Saving’s accredited Energy Assessors.
That Assessor will come to inspect your home and assess things like:
- The quality and amount of insulation
- Whether windows are properly glazed
- The age and type of your boiler
Afterwards, the Assessor will provide a detailed report that includes both the performance grade and a list of recommended improvements ranked by cost and potential savings.
You’re under no obligation to implement any of these suggested green improvements. But we strongly recommend doing as much as you can for two important reasons:
- Greening your home is an investment that pays for itself. And you can use your accumulated savings to continue financing even more green improvements at a later time
- As outlined above, EPCs are required for certain government schemes like the solar feed-in tariff (FiT) or the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). In order to qualify for these programs, you must be able to demonstrate that your home meets a certain threshold for energy efficiency
Each Energy Performance Certificate lasts for a maximum of 10 years. Although you should consider requesting new assessments every time you make major green improvements.
Ready to take the next steps?
- Book a Co-operative Energy Saving EPC assessment today
- Learn what to expect from your EPC home assessment