If you own a home, getting an energy performance survey done could help you identify ways to improve the comfort and save money on bills. The EPC will provide an energy efficiency rating from A (high efficiency) to G (low efficiency) and is valid for 10 years. You may already have an EPC, so it's worth checking the EPC register by entering your postcode to find out!
Before providing a certificate, a Domestic Energy Assessor will inspect a home. The EPC will contain:
- average energy cost and use
- suggestions on how to reduce the use of energy and save money
What can I do to improve the energy performance rating?
There are a number of beneficial alterations that you may choose to apply in order to ensure the best rating possible.
Central Heating System - changing an inefficient boiler will have a drastic effect on any home's EPC rating. It's worth knowing, this could come at a high cost!
Roof Insulation - Typically, loft insulation needs to be at least 270mm in depth. If your home is vastly less than 270mm, we'd suggest topping up the insulation as it can make a huge difference in an inexpensive way!
Lighting - It's worth replacing any existing halogen or non-low energy bulbs with Low Energy Lighting (LEL), Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) or Compact Flourescent Lights (CFL). Easy to sort and cheap!
Wall Construction - If a home has a cavity on the construction then it's wise to fill it. It's simple to organise and there's funding available!
Heating Controls - Despite having an old boiler, it's worth changing the controls to a more modern set up. These can be room thermostats, individual Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) and boiler programmers - all of them will have a positive effect!
Other renewable methods - Most people tend to think of solar panels! These panels will generate hot water and electricity through to biomass boilers and ground functioning heat pumps that replace the typical central heating systems. Yes, this can come at a high cost but will often make a home twenty times more efficient!
Also, nearly all renewable technologies are currently encouraged via government backed and approved Feed In Tariffs (FITs) which will go on to improve central heating and hot water at notably reduced rates in comparison to other systems.
If you require an EPC then Settled can sort this for an additional cost of £69. Please get in touch if you have any questions.