Energy Performance Certificates
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) gives home owners, tenants and buyers information on the energy efficiency of their property. It gives the building a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from 'A' to 'G', where 'A' is the most efficient and with the average to date being D.
What else does the certificate do?
EPCs are measured using the same calculations for all homes, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.
Part of the EPC is a report which will list the potential rating that your home could achieve, if you made the recommended changes. The report lists:
ˇ suggested improvements (such as fitting loft insulation)
ˇ the approximate cost
ˇ possible cost savings per year if the improvements are made
ˇ how this would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property
You can use this information to:
ˇ cut your fuel bills
ˇ improve energy performance in your home
ˇ help cut carbon emissions
ˇ help you choose a more energy efficient home to rent or buy
You do not have to act on the recommendations contained in the recommendation report. However, if you decide to do so, then it could make your property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient.
Does everyone need an EPC?
The EPC is required by law when a building is constructed, sold or put up for rent.
Sellers or buyers of homes
An EPC must be made available to a potential homebuyer - free of charge.
An EPC isn't required when a tenant rents a room and shares facilities.
If you are a prospective tenant, an EPC isn't required when you rent a room and share facilities.
Further information on Energy Performance Certificates can be found at www.direct.gov.uk/epc