How energy efficient is your home
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Energy Performance Certificates
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) provide you with information on how energy efficient your property is and how you could save energy. By choosing to rent or buy a home that has a high rating, you will waste less money on your heating bills.
The certificate will give each building a SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) rating (out of a possible 100), and this will equate to an energy rating from A to G, similar to those seen on white goods. Certificates cost property owners about £75 and last ten years unless major renovation work is carried out on the property.
All properties that are sold or rented require an EPC and property owners can voluntarily get a new certificate after installation of energy efficiency measures - particularly if these improve energy ratings.
To look up the EPC for your home go to the online EPC Register.
For Landlords and Tenants
- Landlords for residential properties must make available an EPC for all new or prospective tenants.
- by 2018 privately rented properties must meet a minimum energy efficiency standard (likely to be an EPC rating E)
- Guide to EPC from Residential Landlords Association
- Houses with the higher energy efficiency ratings will cost less to run. Consider this when comparing houses to rent.
- From 2016 landlords should not be able to refuse reasonable requests for consent to install Green Deal measures from their tenants.
To find out more, contact Giles Gooding on 023 8068 8274, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @EcoEastleigh