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Understanding your EPC doesn’t just help you save on bills, it also helps you play your part in helping the planet.

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EPC Ratings

An energy performance certificate, better known as an EPC, shows how energy efficient your home is. It also shows you its environmental impact (EIR), and suggests ways that you can reduce your energy costs.

Your EPC gives your home an overall rating, using a traffic light system like this one:

As you’ve already probably guessed, A is the most efficient rating, and G is the least. The average score within England and Wales is D (around 60).

EPC Ratings

Save money with your EPC

Your EPC gives you individual and practical suggestions on making your home more efficient. It can recommend stuff like wall insulation or double glazing, depending on your individual rating. These kinds of home improvements can both drive down energy bills and increase your home’s value at the same time.

Your EPC also gives you an idea of how much these improvements might cost – as well as how much you could save. This way, you can make an informed decision about what’s right for you.

Helping the planet

The energy we use to power our homes makes up around a fifth of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions. Understanding your EPC doesn’t just help you save on bills, it also helps you play your part in helping the planet.

Getting an EPC

When buying, it’s always worth checking the property’s current EPC. When selling or renting, you’ll still need to have an EPC for your home, but your estate or letting agent should have that sorted for you.

Finding your EPC

You can find out your home’s EPC or get a new one from an approved energy assessor. New EPCs are valid for 10 years so make sure you’re up to date and mark the diary for next decade.

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