Here we look at what an EPC is, how you get one and (importantly) how you can improve it. There's been a lot of talk about EPCs of late and as we try to decarbonise the 29 million homes in the UK, it's important you know what this means.
The government has set the target of getting all homes in the UK to level C on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before 2035. Currently the average rating for a UK home is D. And we don’t think that’s good enough.
But in order to improve your EPC rating, you need to know what it is in the first place, the value in improving it, and where to start. Which is where our nifty home assessment can help.
EPCs were brought in by the government in 2007 following a directive by the European Union on the energy performance of buildings. The aim was to make people more informed about how energy efficient their home is. It’s generally understood now that any property below C is energy inefficient.
There’s a number of reasons for improving your EPC rating:
Here we look at the ins and outs of the EPC world:
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An EPC is broken down into four sections:
It looks a bit like this:
The property details include the general information about property, the type of property it is, its total floor area. It also tells you how much the energy costs should be for the property and how it compares to other, similar properties.
The rating gives you an immediate sense of what your home’s energy efficiency is. It’s rated between A (which is extremely efficient) down to G (which is extremely inefficient). The illustration also shows what the EPC could be if its recommended changes are carried out.
The rating is based on a set of criteria for your heating system, the insulation of the loft, windows and walls and your lighting system as well. The Building Research Establishment who set the rating system based this process on the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) which standardises the ratings across the UK housing stock.
The ‘top actions you can take’ section depicts the changes you can make to improve the EPC score, as well as the savings on energy bills that would result. This can include things like replacing the boiler, adding improved insulation to the loft and walls, getting double or triple glazed windows or installing a heat pump or smart meter.
The final section shows what factors go into making your EPC. It looks at each element of your property that uses or emits energy, such as your heating, lighting, walls, roof and floor. This helps you see where your home energy is costing you money.
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You can find out your EPC rating by going to the government portal and putting in your address. This will only be accurate to the year it was produced though and may well be out of date if changes have been made since.
If you don’t have an existing EPC for your property, or you want a new one following some work, you can organise an accredited energy assessor to visit and give you an up to date certificate. This is something Furbnow can organise if you get in touch with us here.
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You can improve your house through undertaking a range of retrofit work such as replacing your boiler with a more efficient one or a heat pump, installing better insulation, or replacing your windows with double glazed ones.
It’s no mean feat, improving your EPC rating, depending on your home’s current rating there will be a level of planning and labour that goes into making the upgrades. That’s where Furbnow can save you the hassle, by assessing what your home needs and providing the accredited professionals to carry out the work.
We can project manage your home upgrades from start to finish. You just need to complete our assessment form and then it’s up to you if you want to use us beyond that.
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Here’s a run through of some of the changes you can make to improve your EPC rating:
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