Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.
- information on your home's energy use and typical energy costs
- a recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and save money
- details of the person who carried out the EPC assessment
- who to contact if you want to make a complaint
EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and estimated costs of energy use with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and energy costs could be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is 'D'. All homes are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.
EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing how you could reduce the amount of energy you use and your carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists:
- suggested improvements such as fitting loft insulation
- possible cost savings per year, if the improvements are made
- how the recommendations would change the energy efficiency rating of the property
- which improvements may be eligible for funding through the Green Deal
You don’t have to act on the recommendations in the recommendation report. However, if you decide to do so, it could make your property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient.
You should receive an EPC when you enquire about buying or renting a home. You’ll need to provide one if you are selling or letting your home. An EPC is valid for ten years.
For more information or advice please call your local Watts and Morgan branch or email us via our contact page.