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How to Get a Better Rating on your EPC

EPCAre you thinking about selling your house? Getting your property in the best condition for a sale is essential. Think about how you can increase the value of your home, and its desirability, by looking at the big changes you can make as well as the smaller things that can still make a difference. One way of making your home more appealing to prospective buyers (or renters) is by improving its energy efficiency.

Every seller that puts a house on the market or a home up for rent is required to have an Energy Performance Certificate assessment. This is a government- required scheme that rates homes and businesses on a scale of energy use – from A (the most energy efficient) to G (the least efficient). All homes need a certificate before they can be put on the market. While you are not obligated to try to get a better ranking, if you want to improve your energy use in the home there are many ways you can make a difference. Some only take a few minutes while others need a little more time, but all are important.

Cheap Tricks
You can use energy more wisely and cut your lighting and heating bills, plus hopefully get a better rating on the EPC, without spending a pile of money. For a start, replace all your regular light bulbs with low-energy bulbs. You can find low-energy bulbs in a variety of different styles for all the different fittings in your home. If you don’t have the cash to replace all the bulbs at once, replace them one at a time when they no longer work. Next, insulate your hot water cylinder. This is a great way to prevent loss of heat from your heating system. It is also relatively cheap and quick to carry out this task.

Effective Energy Savers
Installing loft insulation is a key way to get a better energy efficiency rating for your home. If you already have loft insulation, check the thickness. You may need to supplement the insulation with an extra layer for maximum energy saving benefits. Next, take a look at your radiators. If you fit thermostatic radiator valves you can improve your energy usage. These valves allow you to control the temperature in each room so you can use your heating system more efficiently.

Long-Term Boosts
For a better energy use, install double glazing on all your windows. You will keep warmer for longer and you won’t need to spend so much money on heating. You should also upgrade your boiler if you are serious about saving energy. Condensing boilers are more efficient and save energy. Consider alternative methods of heating and lighting the home, including heat pumps and solar energy.

If you want more information on the energy performance certificate, the assessment, or the ways in which you can prepare for the assessment, visit epcuk.org. You don’t have to aim for a good rating but the knowledge that you are doing your bit for the environment is a benefit, along with the cost-savings you will get in the long run.

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