Ways That You Can Improve Your Homes EPC Rating
We know the importance of having a green home. However, there are ways that you can take to go further than recycling and plastic usage. We are talking about considering your Energy Performance Certificate rating (EPC). This is an award card that is awarded to your home for the energy rating of your property.
Furthermore, this is something that all landlords should consider. With changes to the legislation now requires rented properties to have an EPC rating, it is something that all landlords should keep in mind.
Energy Rating What is it?
Your properties energy rating is down to the energy efficiency of your home. This is provided in the form of a certificate known as an EPC rating. This is a requirement for the property when it is built new, rented out or sold. Furthermore, this includes important information about the homes energy usage and how much it costs. As well as, further ways to reduce energy usage.
EPC certificates for a home have a letter scoring system. This can range from A being the best to G being the lowest of the ratings. Furthermore, not all buildings will be required to have an EPC. These places are typically places you wouldn’t live in, for example, worships, holiday homes and other types of buildings. If you do not currently know your properties EPC you can do a quick search online at the EPC Register.
(MEES) Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
With the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, from the 1st of April 2018. Every home that is rented is now required by the government to have a minimum rating of E energy performance. For the time being this is just for rented and let properties. However, from the 1st of April 2020, this requirement will include all other tenancies.
What this means is that it will become illegal to rent out a property that has an energy rating lower than E. These landlords caught renting out a home with an energy rating lower than E will receive a penalty of up to £4.000.
Things You Can Do To Improve Your Homes Energy Performance Rating.
- Install triple or double glazed windows, these can help to keep the heat in your home and prevent you wasting money on energy bills.
- Replace home appliances that have a high energy rating. This can be found by the sticker that comes on new appliances.
- Switch your homes lighting to LED light bulbs.
- Change to a central heating system instead of a boiler.
- Get loft insulation installed 270mm thick.
- Change your timber door for a uPVC door or composite doors. This will help to prevent heat loss and reduce energy bills.