An energy property certificate (EPC) helps us to understand how energy efficient our homes are. They are a new requirement in the housing industry. With the rises in heating oil prices there are steps we can all take to ensure that we keep costs down and stay warmer this winter. An EPC provides information on a property’s current energy usage and costs. It gives transparency to those thinking of renting or buying a home. This is because you can clearly see in advance if a home is going to be expensive to fuel.
Energy Property Certificates (EPC’s) are required whenever a home is built, rented or sold in the UK. It is valid for 10 years and assigns an energy efficiency rating to your property from A (most efficient) to G (most inefficient). They are produced by accredited Energy Assessors. Your letting agent or estate agent can normally recommend one for you. If you are a landlord, it is a legal requirement that you have an EPC carried out before letting your property.
What Recommendations Will My Energy Property Certificate Make?
Your EPC is designed to show how energy efficient your property is. It also shows how much impact your home has on the environment. As well as assigning a rating, an EPC includes recommendations for energy saving. This helps you to make any necessary improvements to your home. It can provide recommendations, such as changing the type of boiler in your home, switching regular light bulbs to low energy bulbs and adding insulation to walls or lofts.
How Can You Keep Your Fuel Costs Down?
Tips such as installing a condensing boiler or insulating your home can definitely help to keep your energy costs down. If you are looking to save on fuel it’s important to ensure that your walls and loft are insulated. Stopping the draughts and installing double glazing also make a big difference. Fitting an aluminium sheet behind radiators on outside walls can bounce heat back into the room and also result in substantial savings.
Central Heating Price Rises
With the price of central heating oil rising, it can cost more than ever before to fill your oil tank. By instructing a qualified assessor to carry out an Energy Property Certificate on your property, you can receive information and recommendations on steps you can take to make your home energy efficient. This will reduce your home’s impact on the environment and save you money in the long-term.
Oil fired central heating, popular in rural homes, can be an expensive way to heat your home. Making your home energy efficient is the best way to keep your costs down.