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WHAT ARE ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES?



You may need an Energy Performance Certificate (or EPC) when renting, selling, or building a property. This certificate rates the efficiency of a property and provides recommendations to improve its rating. Before placing your property for sale or rent on the market, you should obtain an EPC that you can present to future buyers or tenants. Read on to learn more about EPCs.


ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE: WHAT IS IT?


An EPC will give you an idea about how energy efficient a property is by providing different ratings.


The highest rating is A, which stands for very efficient, and the lowest, G, for inefficient. The information in the certificate will give you an idea of how costly it is to operate a property. It will also tell you about its carbon footprint through its carbon dioxide emissions.


The EPC will also provide recommendations, which will give you an idea of how to get a better rating. The EPC is valid for ten years from the date of issue.


WHY DOES AN EPC MATTER?

If you’re buying or renting a property, an EPC will help you compare the energy efficiencies of different properties you’re considering. If you’re planning to improve your current property, this information can also help you determine what improvements you can make. If you incorporate the recommendations stated in the certificate, you may obtain a new EPC to reflect these improvements. Homebuyers who are concerned about minimizing their carbon footprint will find this document helpful.

HOW DOES AN EPC HELP?

The EPC provides estimated costs of the current energy bills of a building or property. From this, you can figure out the expected amount needed to run the property. It will also provide information about the difference in operating cost if energy efficiency is improved.


The estimated energy costs include those for running hot water, heating, and lighting in the property. Do note that the certificate does not include the costs of running your home appliances, but, the information found in the EPC will help buyers or renters compare energy efficiencies of properties. If you care about sustainability and helping reduce your carbon footprint, you should take these recommendations seriously.


CAN YOU IMPROVE YOUR EPC SCORE?


Fortunately, you can improve the EPC score of a building. As mentioned, the certificate contains recommendations that provide suggested actions to take, costs, and potential savings. The recommended measures will differ among properties. Following these recommendations are expected to improve the building’s efficiency and join the fight against global warming.

MAIN TAKEAWAYS

If you’re looking to rent, buy, or sell a property, you may need an EPC. This document contains the energy efficiency rating of a building and recommendations to improve the rating.






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