What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

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In England, the Government’s fuel poverty target is based on Energy Performance Certificates which rates how energy efficient a property is on a scale of A to G (G being the most inefficient).

In December 2014, the Government introduced a new statutory fuel poverty target for England. The target aims to have as many fuel poverty homes as possible achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating by 2030 siting most homes should have a rating of C or above.

The national average energy efficiency rating is grade D and your EPC will show what rating your home currently stands and how you can improve it and what cost savings can be made from these improvements.

The first page of your EPC shows an estimate of your current energy bills with a comparison showing the potential energy savings /cost if energy efficiency improvements are made. This is a useful tool to help identify how much lower your running costs will be if the energy efficiency is improved.

To help you identify what improvements can be made, each element of the property is broken down and measured in stars on how efficient it is – one star being poor, five stars being very efficient.

Most energy costs come from heating the home. There is a section within the EPC which identifies how much heat the property is expected to use and how much heat can be saved if the right improvements are put in place.

Cavity wall insulation is the most common recommended improvement. Better Homes Yorkshire can help improve your home insulation, for further information on this click here.

For more about Energy Performance Certificates, the Energy Savings Trust has some useful information.

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