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EPC’s contain vital information about a property’s energy usage/consumption and typical energy costs while providing an overview of a property’s current energy performance rating and the potential energy performance rating with ‘A’ rating being the most efficient and ‘G’ rating being the least efficient.
The average EPC rating now being 'D'.
In short, an EPC informs you of how energy efficient your home is and how and if it can be improved by providing recommendations regarding what energy efficient/saving measures can be installed to reduce energy use, saving money and improving the overall energy efficiency of the property while also reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that effect the environment.
The EPC is part of a series of measures introduced across Europe to reflect legislation which will help reduce buildings’ carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
In 2007, the British Government introduced new legislation introducing the compulsory requirement to provide an EPC for all domestic residential properties constructed or marketed for Sale or to Let, the EPC must be provided to potential buyers and/or tenants.
From 20th September 2020, EPC certificates will be hosted online via a new trusted Government website. The Government has also changed the design and content of Energy Certificates, the information displayed offers property owners, landlords and tenants more information about the property and the steps which can be taken to improve it as well as providing a breakdown of your properties current energy performance, ensuring that the most relevant information is available and easy to follow. The Government is encouraging the use of a ‘web link’ (a URL) to connect you directly to the new register to obtain your Energy Certificates, similar to other ".gov" websites (e.g. MOTs, Tax returns) It offers further information including useful links to: Energy grants and funding opportunities, energy efficiency advice, guidance and regulations.
The EPC Register has changed, from 20th September 2020 the new ‘Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register’ consolidated the existing England, Wales and Northern Ireland domestic and non-domestic registers into one single location. An EPC can be located on the register by searching property postcode, address or certificate reference number, to check if your property already has an EPC registered, click the link below and follow the on-screen instructions:
An EPC is valid for 10 years from the 'Date of Certificate'. For EPC’s lodged before 20th September 2020, the validity date can be located at the top left-hand corner of the EPC as 'Date of Certificate'. EPC’s lodged after this date will be in the new look format and this date is located at the top right-hand corner as 'Valid Until' date.
Some buildings are exempt from the EPC legislation, please see the following link for further information:
You are not required by law to have a new Energy Performance Certificate every time you make a change to your property, however if you implement any of the energy efficiency recommendations outlined in your EPC, you may choose to update your EPC if you feel that it would make a significant improvement to your rating and would like to include these improvements, and/or you decide to sell or let your property or require an updated EPC for any other reason, i.e. installations of further measures for example Renewables, ECO etc.
The cost of our EPC’s are typically from £50 depending on the size and location of the property (there is no VAT to be added) please call, text or send an enquiry via our enquiry page for a no obligation price quotation.
The appointment can take anything from 20 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the size of your property.
We recognise the need to carry on with your busy schedules without any unnecessary disruption, we can schedule appointment dates and times which are most convenient for you, including evenings (summertime only) and weekends!
EPC’s are produced by a professional, fully qualified and accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) All DEA’s must belong to a certified accreditation body.
I have been a qualified, professional DEA since 2009. I am fully insured, accredited, licensed and bound by Codes of Conduct under a Government approved Accreditation Scheme. I am accredited with Stroma Certification who are a Government Approved Accreditation body. All assessors have their own accreditation number, this can be found on the EPC and can also be checked on the official EPC register for UK Energy Assessors: -
You don't need to be present during the inspection. Depending on the circumstances, if you prefer, we are happy to collect keys from you or where required from your estate/letting agent, in order to carry out the inspection.
But if you will not be present for the inspection, please note that the inspection cannot take place if there are children under the age of 16 in sole charge of the property
If you have any Certificates and/or Warranties in relation to loft insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, Boiler/heating systems, Fensa certificates for windows/doors and also any Building Regulation Completion Certificates (for conversions, extensions or loft conversions), MCS Certificates (for renewable energy systems) please make them available on the day. These may make a difference in the EPC rating.
The information collected on the day of my visit is entered into specially designed Government approved software to determine the energy rating of the property and generate the EPC certificate, this is specific to your property only.
I will be more than happy to discuss any of the findings derived from the Energy Certificate including any of recommendations highlighted.
After I have visited your property and once payment has been made, the EPC is then officially lodged on the new central EPC register and a URL link will be provided , or if requested, posted to you directly usually within 48 hours, further copies will also be available to view, print and/or download on the public register https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk once lodged.
We accept the following payment methods:-
BACS online banking, PayPal, Cash and Cheques payments are also acceptable on the day of my visit and a receipt of payment will be provided.
Please note that we cannot make your EPC available until we have received full payment for this service.