Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.
EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission 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.
A few ideas to make your home more energy efficient:
Check that your heating system thermostat is not set too high (in a home, 21°C in the living room is suggested) and use the timer to ensure that you only heat the building when necessary.
Make sure your hot water is not too hot, a cylinder thermostat need not normally be higher than 60°C.
Turn off lights when not needed and do not leave appliances on standby. Remember not to leave chargers (e.g. for mobile phones) turned on when you are not using them.
Close your curtains at night to reduce heat escaping through the windows.
If you're not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the halfload or economy programme.
If you need to arrange an EPC on your property please don't hesitate to contact us on 01793 762200 and we will put you in touch with our DEA (Domestic Energy Assessor).