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Tips for improving your home’s Energy Performance rating

An energy performance certificate, also known as an EPC, is a key document for any home in the UK which must be provided when a property is built, bought or offered for rental. If you're planning on selling then an EPC will have a major impact on the retail value of your home, so it's important to make sure your home is as eco-friendly as possible before the energy assessor comes to your home and evaluates your home in accordance to the legal guidelines that they use throughout their Green Deal training. Aside from having key documents ready, here are the three key ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your home and boost your EPC rating:

1.       Invest in insulation

Key for keeping your home warm this winter, all homeowners should make sure they have loft insulation. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, make sure the material used is at least 270mm thick. It's also recommended to invest in cavity insulation, as well as ensure your water tank is insulated with foam or a jacket, as it's estimated that these insulating measures have the potential to boost the EPC rating of your home by at least one band. 

2.       Consider renewable energy

Solar panels and wind turbines may look unsightly but are the greenest technologies around. Making your home self-sufficient and sustainable by producing your own electricity or hot water will not only have a major impact on your EPC rating, but it will significantly lower costly utility bills whilst adding value to your property.

3.       Lighten up with low energy light bulbs

Ideal replacements for incandescent bulbs, low energy light bulbs are a cheap and simple way to help your EPC rating. However, whilst the difference when it comes to your rating is around 2%, this will make the difference if your rating's on the borderline of two categories. Low energy bulbs also consume 80% less electricity and have a much longer lifespan than traditional glass bulbs.

If you're interested in the guidelines energy assessors use for assessing homes, browse online for Green Deal courses to examine their syllabus, as this way you'll find what needs to be done to improve the energy efficiency of your property in accordance to government deadlines.


posted on: 28 Nov 2013

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