What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate is a document which gives your property a rank in terms of energy efficiency, and is something which sellers have to give to purchasers. It’s a good idea to apply for your Certificate prior to putting your home on the market. The Energy Performance Certificate has lots of information regarding the energy use of the property as well as costs and information to help make the property even more efficient. The certificate shows rankings from A to G, with A being the most efficient rating.
Where do I get one and how much will it cost?
• In England and Wales, the price of an EPC can be as low as £24 for a studio in a city centre, stretching to around £120 for a larger property in a remote area. Click here for a list of accredited energy assessors in your area and shop around for the cheapest
• In Scotland, the cost of a home report starts at around £600. Your estate agent will be able to give you a quote for a survey and energy report, as will the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
• If you leave it to your estate agent to arrange an EPC, keep in mind that they will probably charge commission. But prices may be negotiable so don’t be afraid to haggle
I’ve already paid for a Green Deal assessment, do I also need an EPC?
• No, Green Deal assessments are made up of two documents, one of which is an EPC (the other is called an Occupancy Assessment and includes personalised household information). So you won’t have to pay for it again
• The Green Deal allows homeowners to borrow money for energy-saving improvements and stipulates that the repayments will not exceed the savings made from those improvements
• Your EPC will indicate whether money for the recommended improvements is available under the deal.
Does everyone need one?
• EPCs are not required for listed buildings. This is because improvements such as installing double glazing are often prohibited on these types of buildings because they require structural changes
• If you are not exempt, you need to have at least applied for an EPC by the time you put your home on the market. So get in early to make sure a missing EPC doesn’t slow you down
I was given an EPC when I bought the property – is it still valid?
• Yes, EPCs were introduced in 2007 and they are valid for ten years. So hold on to it – you won’t need a new one until at least 2017