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What is an EPC?

An ‘Energy Performance Certificate’ (EPC) is a document that shows the energy efficiency of a property on a scale of A to G, with A being the best and G being the worst. The certificate will cover a property’s energy use per square meter of floor area, its energy efficiency based on fuel costs, and its environmental impact based on carbon dioxide emissions. An EPC is valid for ten years.

An EPC will go into detail about a property’s energy performance. The property’s walls, roof, ceilings, lighting, hot water and so on will all be assessed and rated on a ‘very good’ to ‘very poor’ scale, before the surveyor provides an overall rating for the property.

Why do I need an EPC?

It is mandatory that a property have a valid EPC before it can be sold. You can check the publicly-accessible EPC register to see if your property still has a valid certificate; you will be ok as long as the last one was given in the last ten years. If your current EPC is running out and you are trying to sell your property, it will remain valid as long as the property remains on the market.

When you are given an EPC it is good to take the time to ask the surveyor for advice on making your home more energy efficient. This could include getting new, more eco-friendly appliances, installing double glazed windows, solar panels and so on. It can be worth investing in these options in order to save money in the long term, and many can also add value to your home.

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An EPC will go into detail about a property’s energy performance.

Getting an EPC for your property

You will need a domestic energy assessor to create an EPC for your property. You will need to take the time to look over their qualifications and experience. They should be able to provide evidence of this, and that they are part of an accredited scheme. It is also worth checking any customer reviews they happen to have. As a surveyor, it is important that they have public liability insurance in case they make a mistake that ends up costing you later on.

The price of an EPC will vary depending on your location in the UK and the size of the property in question. With this in mind, you could be expected to pay anything between £60 and £120 for an EPC, though it can be cheaper to have one organised through an estate agent.

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