Introduction to Energy Performance Certificates

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is now required when you sell or rent your home, and it provides some great information on areas of improvement, and which energy saving grants can often be applied for. .

An EPC tells you how energy efficient a home is on a scale of A-G, similar to the scale currently used on white goods appliances. The most energy efficient homes - which should have the lowest fuel bills - are in band A. .

The Energy Performance Certificate also shows levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on a scale of A-G, related to the impact the property has on the environment. Better-rated properties should have a smaller environmental impact through lower (CO2) emissions. .

The average property rating in the UK falls within bands D-E for both ratings. The EPC report includes recommendations on ways to improve the home's energy efficiency to save you money and help the environment. The cost of the certificates vary, often dependant on size and location of the property. .

Many of the energy providers/utility companies now carry out an online questionnaire which produces graphs which look similar to an Energy Performance Certificate, please be aware this is NOT the same as an EPC. .

An EPC is valid for 10 years and can be used for sale and rental purposes. It may be worth considering having one commissioned (especially if you are unsure on what specific energy saving improvements could be made to your home) and then accessing energy efficiency grants which are applicable to improvements detailed in the report.