From the 1st April 2018, all property rentals must score a minimum EPC rating of E, unless there is an applicable exemption. This means that a third of commercial buildings could become unlettable. Owners of non compliant buildings could be fined £4000. This is very worrying, as when it comes to improving their property’s energy efficiency, a whooping 49% of landlords (surveyed by E.ON) said that they do not feel adequately informed on how to do so.
At Capital Energy Certificates Ltd we specialise in producing Energy Performance Certificates and our team has over 15 years experience in servicing the property industry. To help all landlords, we have compiled a number of tips which, if followed, will help improve their property’s EPC rating.
• Insulation. Heat rises and insulation helps prevent heat escape from your home. Ensure that your loft is at least 270mm in depth. If your loft is 90mm or less, you might be able to receive funding to have the loft filled or topped up.
• Old boilers can loose a lot of heat and waste a lot of energy. Replacing an old inefficient boiler, will have a significant impact on your EPC rating. It can also have a significant impact on your monthly utility bills!!
• Standard light bulbs generate more heat and are very inefficient to run. Replacing them with energy saving LED bulbs is easy to do and will improve your EPC rating. It will also save you money on your monthly energy bills.
• Windows are a big contributor to heat loss – up to 10% of heat can escape from your home. Investing in double glazing is a good way to help keep heat in and raise your EPC rating. It will also save you considerably, on your monthly utility bill.
All these tips and ideas will not only bring up your EPC rating, it will also raise the value of your home and save you money every month on your utility bills. Why not make the changes now!
For more advice and tips on how to improve your EPC rating or to book an EPC audit, visit http://www.cecenergy.co.uk/residential-epcs/