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Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

A Domestic Energy Performance Certificate or EPC is required if you are selling or letting your property.
The EPC is designed to help reduce our domestic energy consumption by promoting greater awareness of the energy efficiency of our properties.

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What is a domestic EPC?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy-efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.

What is checked during an EPC inspection

A site visit will be arranged by a qualified Energy Assessor. The inspection should take between 45 minutes and 1 hour and will cause the minimum of inconvenience. The only significant factor to be aware of is that our Assessor will need access to the loft space and your boiler. An internal and external inspection of the property is carried out for the purpose of the EPC.
  • Note the construction of your walls.
  • Measure the roof insulation.
  • Confirm how many windows are double glazed.
  • Count the number of open fireplaces.
  • Check the make and model of boiler under EU SEDBUK regulations.
  • Look for green devices such as solar panels.
  • Calculate the number of low energy light bulbs.
  • Confirm the type of heating system used e.g. radiators, underfloor heating, electric etc.
  • Categorise the type of material used to insulate hot water cylinder.
  • Measure heat loss through roof .
  • Check for excessive window area in larger houses.
  • Take precise measurements of conservatories and extensions.
  • Confirm how many habitable rooms are heated.

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What does an EPC tell you?

EPCs contain

  • information on your home's energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.
  • a recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.

EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission 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.
Around 27 per cent of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from domestic homes. Carbon dioxide contributes to climate change. 

The recommendation report

EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing what you could do to help 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 and carbon emission rating of the property.

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.

The certificate also contains:

  • detailed estimates of potential energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and fuel costs
  • details of the person who carried out the EPC assessment
  • who to contact if you want to make a complaint

What does an EPC look like?

Information about energy efficiency and carbon emissions is summarised in two charts that show the energy and carbon dioxide emission ratings. 
The charts look similar to those supplied on electrical appliances, like fridges and washing machines.

Sample EPC Energy Performance Certificate

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