How can you Improve your Property’s Rating?


Help To Sell Your Home

You currently have no legal obligation to improve the rating, however potential buyers as they become more aware of EPCs are more likely to buy a home with a higher rating to gain better efficiency and lower running costs. Let’s be pragmatic here – the Government ‘could’ in the future oblige owners to improve their rating, or more likely to link the energy rating to Council Tax bands.

The recommendations on the EPC are simple and cost-effective and ONLY suggested if they can actually be implemented (eg; they take in to account Listed Building, geographical restrictions etc).

They are grouped:

Low Cost Measures (up to £500)

Cavity Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, Low Energy Lighting, Hot Water Cylinder Insulation, etc.

* Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation are both quick & effective (costs average about £200-300) with a ‘payback’ generally within 2 years.

Higher Cost Measures (over £500)

Fit Cylinder Thermostat, Upgrade current Electric Storage Heaters, upgrade Boiler (same fuel) etc.

Further Measures (£0000)

Solar Water Heating, Double Glazing, Gas Condensing Boiler etc.


For more detail on measures to improve your home click on Energy Saving Recommendations or contact me.

Also be aware there is grant support available for many improvements dependant on your personal circumstances – just click on Energy Saving Trust and browse their site.

The building’s Environmental Impact by indicating the Carbon-dioxide emissions.

The current average rating for homes is between Band E/D for both rating areas, although to attain band ‘A’ the property would need to be totally carbon neutral eg; producing more energy than it uses, through Solar Panels (hot water), PV Photovoltaic Panels (electricity) etc. But this is very rare indeed.


How is the EPC Rating Calculated?

The property’s performance is rated in terms of Energy Use (per square meter of floor area), Energy Efficiency (based on fuel costs), and Environmental Impact (based on carbon-dioxide (Co2) emissions).

An EPC will contain the current average costs for room heating, hot water heating and lighting in a property, as well as suggestions on how to cut costs with energy efficiency measures. The certificate does not consider ‘how’ a house is used so the running costs are based on set industry conventions (eg; heating the main Living Room to 21c degrees, all other rooms to 18c degrees etc).


Recommendations To Improve Performance

There will also be recommendations for cost-effective actions to improve the building's rating. The potential rating shown on the Certificate is based on all the recommendations being implemented.


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Like Those Found on Domestic Appliances

The EPC is very similar to certificates found on many domestic appliances (eg; fridges) and applies an asset rating from A – G (using a scale from 1 – 100 within these bands). ‘A’ rating shows very efficient (meaning lower fuel bills) ‘G’ is inefficient (meaning higher fuel bills). The EPC also shows the building’s Environmental Impact by indicating the Carbon-dioxide emissions.

The Energy Efficiency rating is a measure of the overall efficiency of a home. The higher the rating the more efficient a home is and the lower the fuel bills will be.

The Environmental Impact rating is a measure of a home’s impact on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide (Co2) emissions. The higher the rating the less impact it has on the environment.

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