What is EPC energy?
EPC stands for an Energy Performance Certificate. This certificate provides all relevant information about the energy generated within the building.
It contains information about the energy usage, and approx. how much it should cost.
It also offers advice on how to reduce your energy.
An EPC has been a legal requirement since 2008.
What buildings need an EPC?
If you are buying, selling or renting a domestic property, a EPC certificate and an energy rating needs to be provided – it can be deemed illegal if this isn’t.
It also needs to be included on newly built buildings.
All landlords should provide this before you have purchased the property, if not always ask as this can be a decision making difference.
How to read an EPC
The certificate is done by a sliding rating scale – colours and letters are used to rate the efficiency, from A to G.
On average, many households are rated at D.
- Dark green is correlated with A, suggesting this building is highly efficient.
- The lowest is G and coloured red, suggesting the building is very low in efficiency.
The more efficient properties will be new built being well insulated – likely to be more highly rated.
The least efficient would be likely to be old, drafty buildings – considerably low rated on the efficiency scale.