What is an EPC?
An EPC is required by law when a building is constructed, sold or put up for rent. If you are a landlord or homeowner and you need to provide an EPC, you will need to contact an accredited domestic energy assessor, who will carry out the assessment and produce the certificate
The accreditation scheme makes sure that the domestic energy assessors have the necessary skills and are able to carry out the survey to the agreed standards. Domestic energy assessors may be employed by a company (like an estate agent or an energy company) or be self employed. Always check that your domestic energy assessor belongs to an accreditation scheme.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC. It will also allow potential buyers or tenants to compare the rating of similar properties.
Energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
The recommendation report
EPC's carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your property using grades between "A" and "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. Around 27% of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions come from domestic homes.
We access properties in Devon, including Barnstaple, Okehampton, Bideford and surrounding areas.
EPC's also provide a detailed recommendation report showing what you could do to help reduce the amount of energy you use and your carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists:
• Suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation
• Possible cost savings per year, if the improvements are made
• How the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property
• Detailed estimates of potential energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and fuel costs
• Details of the person who carried out the EPC assessment
If you make changes to the property as per the recommendations, it could make your property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient.
Information about the energy efficiency and carbon emission is summarised in the two charts on the EPC. The charts look similar to those supplied on electrical appliances, like fridges and washing machines.