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Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.

Energy Performance Certificates – what they tell you

EPCs contain:

  • information on your home's energy use and typical energy costs
     
  • a recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and save money
     
  • details of the person who carried out the EPC assessment
     
  • who to contact if you want to make a complaint
     

Energy use and potential savings

EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and estimated costs of energy use with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and energy costs could be if energy saving measures were put in place.

The rating measures the energy efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘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.

The recommendation report

EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing how you could 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 efficiency rating of the property
     
  • which improvements may be eligible for funding through the Green Deal (for more information, see ‘The Green Deal’ section further down this page)

You don’t have to act on the recommendations in the recommendation report. However, if you decide to do so, it could make your property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient.

How long is an EPC valid for

An EPC is valid for ten years

You should receive an EPC when you enquire about buying or renting a home. You’ll need to provide one if you are selling or letting your home. An EPC is valid for ten years.

The Green Deal

The Green Deal launches in October 2012. It may be able to help you make the property you live in warmer, more energy efficient and cheaper to run, without having to pay for the work upfront.

You choose which eligible energy saving improvements you want to make to your home. You then pay for the improvements over time through your electricity bill, at a level no greater than the estimated savings to energy bills.

If you move home, the Green Deal charge stays with the property and the repayments pass to the new bill payer.

Which buildings need an EPC

An EPC is required when a building is built, rented or sold.

A building is defined as a structure with a roof and walls which uses energy to ‘condition an indoor climate’. This means it has heating, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation.

The building can either be a whole building or part of a building that has been designed or altered to be used separately. If a building is made up of separate units, each with its own heating system, each unit will need an EPC.

For more details of when and which types of buildings require an EPC, read ‘Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings’.
 

 

You can apply whether you’re a tenant or an owner and you might be eligible for extra help if your household gets income-related benefits.

For more information, see the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website.

Which buildings don’t need an EPC

The following buildings don’t need an EPC when they are built, rented or sold:

  • places of worship
  • temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years
  • standalone buildings with total useful floor area of less than 50 square metres that aren’t used to provide living accommodation for a single household
  • industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don't use a lot of energy
  • holiday accommodation that's rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy

 

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