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. Find out what EPCs look like and what they contain.
What they tell you
•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.
The recommendation report
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.
If you wish for us to arrange an EPC for you, we can instruct an energy assessor that we can instruct on your behalf.