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When you sell or rent a property, it’s important to have an EPC. Find out how to get yours.
An EPC rating, or Energy Performance Certificate rating, gives you a general idea of how energy-efficient a property is. The EPC rating uses a scale from A–G, with A representing the most efficient and G standing for the least efficient. Energy Performance Certificates last for 10 years.
A higher energy efficient rating can give you a better return on your investment by adding value to your property. EPCs also give you recommendations on how you can improve your rating and show the money you could save if you do. Plus, EPC reports help prospective buyers or renters make informed choices. Low ratings mean energy bills will be higher than a property with a better rating.
In this in-depth guide, we’ll reveal who needs an EPC, how to check if you have one, how much they cost, and more.
This important section provides a detailed breakdown of the:
Plus, it will show how much each measure would improve your energy efficiency rating. The measures are listed in order of importance. You'll also be able to see whether these recommendations are available on the Governments Green Deal finance.
Watch our video to find out more about how to improve your EPC rating.
Can I issue my own Energy Performance Certificate?
No, it’s not possible to issue an energy rating yourself. You might be offered the service through an estate or letting agent, but it may be cheaper to have the assessment completed independently.
Does a smart meter improve an EPC rating?
Although a smart meter isn’t going to radically improve your EPC rating, they do make you more aware of your energy usage, which could help you reduce it.
How much value will an EPC add to my property?
An EPC rating may not directly add value to a property. But you need an energy rating certificate if you want to sell. It’s also worth considering that potential buyers may see an energy efficient home as a good prospect.
I’m going to buy/rent a new home – do I have to pay for an EPC?
No, as a buyer or renter you don’t have to pay for an EPC – it’s the responsibility of the seller or the landlord.
How long will an EPC assessment take?
It depends on the size of the property, but an EPC assessment from a registered expert shouldn’t take much more than an hour.