An Energy Performance Certificate (or EPC) is a document which 'grades' a property's energy efficiency from A to G. They help homeowners to be more proactive with their energy efficiency measures to help save our planet from harmful carbon emissions.
An EPC contains information about energy costs and efficiency as well as recommendations on how to save energy (and money!)
If you are building, renting or selling a property, an EPC is a legal requirement (and has been since 2007). Whether yours is a lofty Victorian property or a compact new-build apartment, make sure it has an EPC.
That's where London Energy Services comes in. After one quick call, one of our friendly and experienced EPC assessors will arrange to visit your property to carry out a thorough inspection and grade your property from A ('most efficient' or in the super league of energy efficiency) to G (least efficient – would benefit from some energy efficiency measures). Job done.
The certificate is valid for 10 years and you can enjoy peace of mind that comes with ticking that niggling job off your list. Our EPCs are competitively priced and start from just £40 dependent on the size of your property.
Rightly so, there is an increasing focus on the UK reducing its carbon emissions, which is being led by government. Being compliant now will mean that you are covered in the eventuality that more stringent measures are enforced.
On 1 April 2018, the UK Government introduced a Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES). The standard applies to private rented residential and non-domestic properties. It aims to encourage landlords and property owners to be more energy efficient by restricting the tenancies on and sale of properties that fall below the 'standard' which is currently grade E.
There are also whisperings of EPCs playing a part in mortgage affordability calculations, where the energy costs of a home will be incorporated into the outgoings of a mortgage application. Having an EPC is essential.
1. Install energy efficient, low energy light bulbs wherever possible.
2. Insulate hot water tanks - insulation plays a huge part in EPC ratings.
3. Fit loft insulation. If our assessors cannot see that the loft is insulated, because we cannot gain loft access or because the loft is boarded over, please have any paperwork available to prove loft insulation is fitted.
4. Invest in cavity wall insulation. Again, if you have cavity wall insulation which is not visible due to rendering etc, make sure you have the relevant paperwork available.
5. Invest in double glazed windows. If your double glazed windows were fitted post-2002, and the date is not visible in the units, please have paperwork available to show the installation date.
6. Boiler information: We will try to establish the exact make and model of the gas or oil heating boiler. Where this is possible, establishing the boilers details from visual inspection can be difficult, so please have any information manuals or service history available.
For more information, or to book an EPC assessment, please contact our friendly team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0203 633 4834
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