There are many things you can do around your home to increase energy efficiency and, in effect, reduce your bills.

With new legislation for Sellers and Landlords requiring an EPC to be a minimum E rating before marketing can commence we have compiled some tips below to help get your property a better EPC rating.

 

1. Fit as many Energy Saving bulbs as possible in your fixed light fittings being LED's (Light Emitting Diodes or CFL's (Compact Fluorescent Lamps as normal light bulbs or halogen bulbs will decrease the rating.

 

2. It is better to have a Combination boiler with no hot water tank but if you have the original boiler with hot water tank make sure there is plenty of insulation either through a insulation jacket or already insulated cylinder as this can make a significant change to your properties Energy rating.

 

3. Loft Insulation - Ample loft insulation is essential for a better rating but if we are unable to access to loft for any reason (too dangerous, small loft access, no loft access or boarded loft) please have any additional paperwork available to prove loft insulation is fitted and the thickness of the insulation installed.

4. If Cavity Wall Insulation has been installed and is not visible due to plastering, rendering etc, please make sure you have the required paperwork available.

 

5. If your double glazing was fitted after 2002 new regulations were brought out so if no date is visible on the glazed units please have the paperwork available to show the installation date.

 

6. Boiler Information - We need to establish the exact Make and Model of your boiler, whether you have gas or oil. Where this is possible the exact Energy Efficiency can be established which is the best option otherwise the system will default. Sometimes it is difficult to ascertain this from a visual inspection so if this is the case please have any information manuals or service history available.

 

7. If you have had extensions, conservatories or major alterations to your property including loft conversions please show the building regulations sign off certificate to the assessor at the time of the survey as this important information will have a major impact in your Energy Rating.

 

8. Please make sure at the time of the survey that ALL parts of the property are unlocked and accessible including any basements, cellars and loft space.

8 Tips to improve

your EPCs

Things to try around the home

There are many things you can do around your home to increase energy efficiency and, in effect, reduce your bills.

8 tips to improve your eps

With new legislation for Sellers and Landlords requiring an EPC to be a minimum E rating before marketing can commence, we have compiled some tips below to help get your property a better EPC rating.

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