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Information on EPCs

epc-informationA Guide to Energy Performance Certificates

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Our Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) is fully qualified by the Government approved scheme. Whether you are selling or renting through Evans & Company, or are a landlord or homeowner in need of an EPC, we can help.

What is an EPC?

An EPC is a certificate that details how energy efficient your property is.  Properties are graded from A (the most energy efficient) to G (the least energy efficient), and an energy graph is attached to the property details, giving the potential buyer a general overview of a property’s energy efficiency. The EPC will also make recommendations about ways to save energy on your home, such as insulation and double-glazing.

A copy of the EPC must be kept on file and made available to all interested buyers or tenants.  While the recommendations within the EPC are voluntary and not a legal requirement, failure to provide an EPC can result in a fine from trading standards. 

Who needs an EPC?

The Government wants to ensure home-owners act responsibly when it comes to making their home energy efficient, given nearly 40% of the UK’s energy consumption comes from lighting and heating the nation’s 25 million homes and offices.

All UK home owners are legally obliged to have an EPC before marketing begins on their property. This relates to properties of all sizes, regardless of the number of bedrooms and whether the property is for sale or to let, and whether it’s commercial or residential.

Once obtained, a sales or lettings EPC lasts ten years. Tenanted properties require a certificate on the first change of tenancy and prior to new tenants moving in. However if your property is currently empty or will be soon, now is an ideal time to get your EPC done.

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