Hi, I’m Andrew, your EPC Near Me assessor in Ashton in Makerfield.
As an experienced energy assessor, I am dedicated to providing you with accurate and reliable information regarding your property’s energy performance. From assessing your home’s insulation and heating to identifying areas where energy efficiency can be improved, my goal is to help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money in the long run. I understand that navigating the world of energy efficiency can be daunting, but with my expertise and guidance, we can work together to make your home an environmentally friendly and cost-effective space. So, don’t hesitate to contact me for all your EPC needs!
What is an EPC?
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are legally required documents that provide information on the energy efficiency of a property. They detail the property’s energy use and energy-saving measures, providing an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). The certificate also includes recommendations on how to improve the property’s energy performance, which is particularly useful for homeowners or landlords looking to make energy-saving improvements. The EPCs were introduced in 2007 as part of the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2007, and all properties that are built, sold or rented in the UK must have one. The certificate is valid for 10 years and must be renewed after that period.
Why Do You Need An EPC?
As a landlord or homeowner, you are required to provide a valid EPC to any potential tenants or buyers when marketing your property. The EPC is essential, as it provides information on the expected cost of energy bills, and it also helps tenants or buyers make more informed decisions by considering the energy efficiency of the properties they are considering. In Wigan, all rental properties must have an EPC with an energy efficiency rating of E or above. Failing to provide an EPC can result in a fine of up to £5,000.
Benefits of an EPC
Obtaining an EPC can bring several benefits to a property owner. Firstly, it helps the property owner to identify areas where energy efficiency improvements could be made, potentially saving the owner money on energy bills. Secondly, obtaining an EPC can also help to increase the value of the property, as a more energy-efficient property makes it more attractive to potential buyers or tenants. Finally, and most importantly, having an EPC complies with UK regulations and helps to protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions.
What Does an EPC Assessor Look for When They Visit a Property?
An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) assessor will typically look for several key things when they visit a UK property:
- The age and construction of the property: The assessor will take note of the age of the property and its construction type, as these factors can impact its energy efficiency.
- The insulation: The assessor will check the level of insulation in the roof, walls and floor, as this can significantly affect the energy efficiency of the property.
- The heating system: The assessor will look at the type of heating system in place, such as gas, electric or oil, as well as the age and efficiency of the boiler or furnace.
- The lighting: The assessor will check the type of lighting used in the property, including the efficiency of any light bulbs and fixtures.
- The windows and doors: The assessor will examine the type and age of the windows and doors, as well as their energy efficiency rating and whether they are double or triple-glazed.
- The ventilation: The assessor will check the type and effectiveness of any ventilation systems in the property, as proper ventilation can help maintain good indoor air quality and reduce energy waste.
Overall, the assessor will be looking for any areas where energy efficiency can be improved, as well as noting any potential health and safety issues. The information gathered during the assessment will be used to generate an EPC rating for the property, which provides a measure of its energy efficiency and potential running costs.