Energy Performance Certificates

Understanding Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

If you’re buying or selling a property, you may have heard about Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). But what exactly are they, and why are they important? In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about EPCs.

What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that shows the energy efficiency rating of a property. It gives information about the energy consumption of the property and the carbon emissions that result from this. EPCs are valid for 10 years and are required by law for most properties when they are sold or rented out.

Why are EPCs important?

EPCs are important because they provide valuable information about a property’s energy efficiency. This can help buyers and renters make informed decisions about the energy costs they are likely to incur. EPCs also encourage property owners to make improvements to their properties to increase their energy efficiency, which can save them money on energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

What information does an EPC contain?

An EPC contains a number of pieces of information, including:
  • The property’s energy efficiency rating is shown on a scale from A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient).
  • The estimated energy costs for heating, hot water, and lighting.
  • Recommendations for improving the property’s energy efficiency, along with estimated costs and potential savings.
  • The carbon emissions produced by the property, based on the energy consumption.

Who can produce an EPC?

EPCs can only be produced by accredited assessors who have completed training and certification. These assessors visit the property and carry out an assessment of the energy efficiency, taking into account factors such as insulation, heating systems, and lighting. They then produce the EPC and provide it to the property owner.

How can I get an EPC?

If you are selling or renting out a property, you will need to arrange for an accredited assessor to produce an EPC. You can find an assessor in your local area by searching online or asking a member of the Greenways Property Team. The cost of an EPC will vary depending on the size of the property and the location, but it typically ranges from £75 to £85. They are valid for 10 years. 

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Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are an important part of the buying and renting process for properties. They provide valuable information about a property’s energy efficiency and can help to encourage improvements to be made. If you’re buying or selling a property, make sure you understand EPCs and how they can help you make informed decisions.
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