Green Regulations

Energy Performance Certificates

An Energy Performance Certificate looks very similar to the sorts of certificates you will be familiar with on electrical appliances like fridges and washing machines, with a rating from A to G.

EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potenital figures that your home could achieve. An Energy Assessor visits the property and assesses its energy efficiency against a series of criteria. This includes the date, construction and location of the house and relevant fittings (heating systems, insulation or double glazing, for example).

The most efficient homes will have an A rating and the least efficient a G rating. The Certificate also rates the environmental impact of the home. The higher the rating the lower the CO2 emissions and the less impact it has on the environment.

So the more energy efficiency measures like loft and cavity insulation, low energy light bulbs and double glazing you have, the better your rating. A home with a higher rating is likely to be more attractive to a potential buyer than a similar house with a lower rating, so it’s another good reason to invest in improving your home’s energy efficiency.

The certificate also indicates the potential rating the property could achieve with further improvements.