Mon 09 Nov 2015
Since 2002, EU legislation requires most properties for sale or let to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
A Domestic Energy Assessor will inspect a home before preparing the Energy Performance Certificate. The EPC contains information about:
a) The property’s energy use and typical energy costs
b) Recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money
The EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. The average score (sept 2014) is a low D/ high E.
Check out new information on legal requirments to be implemented on 1st April 2018 - a MUST read for all property landlords:
How can I increase my Energy Efficiency Rating?
Prior to the assessment being carried out at your property, there are a number of simple and significant alterations that you may choose to implement in order to ensure that you receive the best rating possible.
Though you are less likely to benefit from or receive a return on your investment against the more significant alterations, remember these can be implemented in your new home!
Replace existing halogen or non-Low Energy Lighting (LEL) with LEL’s, Compact Fluorescent Light’s (CFL) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) – simple and inexpensive to introduce.
Ensure that your loft insulation is at least 270mm in depth – simple and inexpensive to introduce. If your loft is at 90mm or less you can get funding to have the loft filled or topped up!
If your property has a cavity wall construction, ensure that this is filled – simple and inexpensive to introduce. Funding is also available for this efficiency measure and has a huge bearing on the EPC rating.
Even if you have an old boiler, the introduction of modern controls such as a room thermostat, individual Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) and Boiler Programmer will have a positive bearing on the EPC results – simple but slightly more expensive to introduce.
CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM
Replacing an old, inefficient boiler will have a significant impact on any property's EPC rating – significant alteration with high expense and longer payback period.
These cover a wide range of systems and technologies ranging from Solar / Photovoltaic panels, which generate hot water and electricity through to Bio-Mass boilers and ground source heat pumps that replace conventional central heating systems but can be up to 20X more efficient – significant alterations with a much higher expenditure, however virtually ALL Renewable Technologies are currently incentivised via government backed and guaranteed Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs) and will go on to provide domestic hot water and central heating at significantly reduced rates in comparison to many other systems.
John German Estate Agents utilise the professional energy surveying services of Talk Green Limited whose expertise extends to cover residential, commercial and public buildings throughout the length & breadth of the country.
Require a new Energy Performance Certificate?
We will put you in touch with Talk Green to arrange an inspection of your property and produce the Energy Performance Certificate for you.
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