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What is a property’s EPC?

Posted on Wednesday, 14th October 2015 by

An EPC is an acronym of Energy Performance Certificate and provides information relating to the amount of estimated energy is needed for standard use of a property. The rating given to the property is expressed by colour and letters; with red (letter G) indicating an inefficient property and dark green (letter A) indicating a very efficient property. The more energy efficient a property is, the lower the running costs should be. A rating given to a property is based on factors such as insulation, heating and hot water systems, ventilation and fuels used.

In addition to showing the current energy efficiency rating, a potential rating for the property is also shown with recommended measures that can be taken to improve the energy efficiency of the property. Suggestions which may be given by the EPC include upgrading the windows to double glazing, or installing loft or cavity wall insulation.

The EPC of a property also shows the Environmental Impact Rating of a property, assessing the estimated CO2 emissions. As with the Energy Efficiency Rating, colours and letters are used to represent the level of  CO2 emissions with dark grey (letter G) showing a property is not environmentally friendly and light blue (letter A) showing that a property is environmentally friendly.

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The EPC also estimates the energy use, carbon dioxide (CO2 emissions) and fuel costs of the property. This may be important when you are considering the purchase of a property, or want to see the potential savings that could be made by making your property more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

If you do not have a copy of the EPC for your property or a property you wish to purchase, you can access a copy from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The EPC register can be accessed by following the below link and searching using the property address: https://www.epcregister.com/reportSearchAddressByPostcode.html

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