If you have sold your home in the last few years, you will probably be familiar with the EPC. If not, you might need to know what it is, how it works, and how you can improve your EPC rating.
With many homes failing to meet their energy efficiency targets, it’s important to know how to improve your EPC rating.
What is an EPC?
An EPC is an ‘Environmental Performance Certificate’. An EPC is given to each home to show its environmental impact and potential running costs.
What does it contain?
An EPC contains a grading from A all the way down to G. It will contain information about the energy efficiency of a property and its impact on the environment.
When do you need it?
You will need an EPC when you put your house on the market. An EPC will let your potential buyers know the environmental performance of your property.
Why do you need it?
It is UK law to have an up-to-date EPC when selling your home. This is to help buyers or sellers make the necessary adaptations to properties so they meet environmental standards.
How to improve your EPC grade
Then, switch a few everyday household items and install some energy-efficient solutions and you could give your EPC rating a boost. Here is our helpful guide:
Switching to LED bulbs is a quick and easy way to boost your EPC score. They are more efficient and reduce energy wastage throughout your home.
Good, eco-friendly insulation could help too. Although this is more of an investment, it could reduce your energy bills, make your home more desirable to buyers and boost your EPC rating.
Smart energy technology
Smart meters and Wi-Fi-controlled heating systems can help you assess your energy usage and make quick adjustments. This could reduce your property’s overall energy use and boost your EPC rating as well.
Although upgrading your windows doesn’t wildly improve your EPC rating by itself, it can help keep the running costs of your home down.
Old boilers can be incredibly energy hungry. By upgrading your heating system to be contemporary, you could boost your EPC score by a couple of points or more.