An Energy Performance Certificate, EPC, is required when a house is built and when it is sold or let in the UK. The information contained within the EPC details how much it costs to light and heat the property, what the likely carbon dioxide emissions from home are and importantly, what improvements can be made to improve the energy efficiency rating of the property.
Even if you aren’t planning on selling or letting your house, the information relating to suitable home improvements will be of interest to homeowners. Also, it never hurts to have a good idea what your heating and lighting costs will be.
The EPC ratings run from A, which is the most efficient rating to G, the least efficient. An EPC is valid for ten years from the date it is issued although if significant improvements are made at a property, the house may require a new EPC.
While the EPC provides detailed information for the house that has been reviewed, there are general steps that can be followed to improve the energy efficiency rating of a home.
Improve your double glazing
One of the most effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of a house is to add double glazing. The quality of your windows and window-frames significantly impacts on the energy efficiency of your home. When these are in excellent order, you retain heat, and you prevent cold air from entering your house.
Also, when you improve the insulation qualities of your home, you reduce noise filtering in from outside your house.
Insulating your loft
Improving the insulation at your home is a highly effective way of developing the energy efficiency rating of your house. If you have a loft area, install loft insulation to retain heat and significantly lower your energy bills. Loft insulation is easy to install, and it doesn’t cost too much, so this is an excellent value for money solution.
You should also consider adding or improving your cavity wall insulation. Whatever you can do to retain heat at home will be of benefit in the short and long-term.
Upgrade your boiler
If you have the funds to upgrade your boiler, this is a highly effective way of improving your energy efficiency rating. An inefficient boiler leaves your home feeling cold, and it wastes a lot of money. Upgrading your boiler can be expensive, but the long-term benefits of doing so will pay off.
There is always a good reason to improve your home but if you are looking to sell or let your property, make it as energy efficient as possible. At Holmes Estates, we look forward to assisting you in selling or letting your house, so please get in touch.