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What is a Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ?

What does an EPC look like?

It's a little coloured chart which shows how well the property is rated in terms of energy efficiency. Best is A (dark green), Worst is G (bright red).

Don't take the word of the vendor or Landlord...

Always ask to see the property's EPC.

What if the Vendor or Landlord says they don't have an EPC? 

It's LAW to have an EPC if your house is being rented or sold. It provides documentary evidence of how much it costs to heat, light and provide hot water. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the home is and the lower the fuel bills are likely to be. 

The Average EPC rate is....

A score of 60, in band D (yellow)

How eco-friendly is the property? 

The average UK household causes or creates about 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Your EPC has a report on the environmental impact of your property. Average score is in mid 50s for environmental impact. 

Are there any costs not shown in the EPC?

YES. What you are likely to spend on providing electricity for your computer, television and on providing gas or electricity for your cooker or fridge. 

What if I don't have an EPC for my property? 

You can arrange for an assessor to come and give your home a rating.  Visit www.gov.uk/buy-sell-your-home/energy-performance-certificates

How else can energy bills be reduced?

Switch off electrical appliances, this could saw you £80 a year off your fuel bill. Fill your kettle with only as much water as you need. You could fit an efficient, hot water shower head. In a house of 4 people, you could save £67 a year on fuels costs as the shower head takes already heated water from the boiler. 

Want to find out more?

Visit: www.gov.uk

Still Baffled?

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