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EPCs:Can They Cut Your Bills?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been introduced in order to help improve the energy efficiency of properties. Whether you are buying or selling a property, you are now legally required to have an EPC (this was established in October 2008).

What is the EPC?

It is a document which contains important information on your home’s energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and overall how “green” your property is. The rating system starts at A and goes up to G; A is the most energy efficient and G is the least. In addition, it also contains suggestions as to how to improve your property’s energy consumption. This is part of measures to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

Climate change is one of the most main issues facing the planet today. There are many things we can do to help try to reduce the effects of climate change; simply turning your heating down a fraction can help, buying energy saving light bulbs for your home, and even installing double-glazing in your home. The EPC is there to help make suggestions that would be appropriate for your property.

What Is The Procedure?

An inspector will visit your property and check the main areas of interest; insulation in the loft, heating, boilers, radiators, double glazing (if there is any) etc. The data he/she collects is then fed into a software programme which calculates the “energy efficiency” of the property as a whole. The system works on a scale of A to G; the most energy efficient properties will receive an A rating, whereas the ones with the least energy efficient ones will receive a G rating (and no doubt have higher fuel bills!).

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