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Energy Performance Certificate

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a guide that would-be buyers or tenants get when they look at a property. It shows how efficiently a home uses energy, the cost of running a home and recommendations of how to improve the energy efficiency of the property. This is also required to gain the high rate feed in tariff for solar pv etc.

As a general rule, an EPC is required every time a home is put up for sale or for rent. So, a newly constructed home will have one, a landlord will need one to show potential tenants, and a seller must have one to show to potential buyers.

There are a few exceptions

You don't need one for a room that's being rented out by a resident landlord and listed buildings may also be exempt as they can't have upgrades like double glazing.

The requirement for an EPC has been the law since 2008 (2009 in Scotland), meaning that if your home has been let or sold since then it should have one. They remain valid for 10 years.

There's a national register of EPCs, unless you've opted out, where you can take a look at your property's previous certificates (as well as viewing similar properties in your neighbourhood for a comparison of how energy efficient your home is).

How much does an EPC cost?

There's no fixed fee for an EPC, it depends on a number of factors including what kind of property you live in and how many bedrooms it has. The area you live in can also affect the price considerably.

EPC prices typically start at £65, but a certificate for a large house in an expensive city could easily cost several times that.

What information is displayed on an EPC?

An EPC is a relatively straightforward certificate. It will look a bit like the multi-coloured sticker that you get on new household appliances.

Here's a quick rundown of what's included:

Energy efficiency rating

A section of your EPC will be dedicated to how energy efficient your property is. It's graded from A to G, with A meaning an energy efficient, well-insulated, probably modern home, and G meaning a draughty old building where the wind rattles the walls.

Typically, you'll find an older property with no retrofitted energy-saving technology will be around a D grade.

There will also be a number from 1 - 100, where a higher number signifies that the home is more efficient and the fuel bills will cost less.

We offer energy saving advice.

With a simple visit to your home we can advise you on how to cut your fuel bills and a look at your energy demands of the house.

Energy saving measures can be discussed whilst at your home.