EPC stands for “Energy Performance Certificate” and measures a property’s energy efficiency.
The higher the rating, the less impact your property has on the environment through its energy consumption.
An EPC assessment is carried out by an accredited assessor who inspects your property’s central heating system, appliances, and quality of insulation. A score between 1 and 100 is calculated, and a final rating from A to G is attributed, with A being the highest and G being the least energy efficient.
It’s valid for 10 years and helps tenants, buyers and investors in their decision-making. It also increases the value of your property if you wish to sell or attract investors.
How Can You Improve Your EPC?
There are many methods that improve your EPC. Some solutions earn more points, such as solar panels. A 4KW solar panel system can earn up to 15 points.
Using solar panels – a renewable energy source – is a great way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and harness nature’s energy source: sunlight.
Solar panels are a more expensive way to improve your home’s energy efficiency; however, over time, the investment pays off as your energy bills will significantly decrease.
Since solar panels increase your EPC, it adds value to your home; some experts claim they could add up to 4% to your home’s value. A higher EPC rating demonstrates that your home is easier to heat and more comfortable to live within.
What Other Ways Can You Boost Your EPC Rating?
If solar panels are too expensive, consider upgrading your boiler to a modern, energy-efficient one. An even cheaper option is to invest in LED lightbulbs which consume less energy and last longer. Additionally, you could install double or triple-glazed windows and insulate wall cavities, outer or exterior walls, and your loft and floors.
Nonetheless, from 2025, it will be required to obtain a rating of C to rent your property out; therefore, it’s vital to look at ways to improve your EPC.
Since solar panels help you rack up the points, it’s a worthwhile investment that reduces environmental pollution and makes your property more attractive to tenants, buyers and investors.