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EPC Near Me, is the #1 destination for homeowners and landlords across the UK seeking to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for their property. Our easy-to-use platform connects you with accredited local EPC Assessors, ensuring a smooth and efficient assessment process.

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EPC Near Me, is the #1 destination for homeowners and landlords across the UK seeking to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for their property. Our easy-to-use platform connects you with accredited local EPC Assessors, ensuring a smooth and efficient assessment process.

ECMK accredited EPC assessors
Elmhurst accredited EPC assessor
Quidos accredited EPC assessor
Sterling Accredited Assessor
CIBSE Accredited Assessor
ECMK accredited EPC assessors
Elmhurst accredited EPC assessor
Quidos accredited EPC assessor
Sterling Accredited Assessor
CIBSE Accredited Assessor

What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that provides information on a property’s energy efficiency. Using a rating system that ranges from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), it offers homeowners and potential buyers a clear idea of how much it will cost to heat, cool, and provide power to a property.

The EPC includes two main components:

  1. Performance Ratings: These ratings measure the property’s current energy efficiency and its potential rating if improvements are made.
  2. Recommendations: The EPC also offers recommendations for improving the property’s energy efficiency, which could, in turn, enhance its rating.

 

Benefits of an Energy Performance Certificate

  1. Informed Decision Making: For potential buyers or renters, an EPC provides a clear insight into the energy efficiency of a property, allowing them to anticipate energy costs.
  2. Environmental Considerations: Homes with higher energy efficiency reduce carbon emissions, contributing to environmental preservation.
  3. Increased Property Value: Homes that have a higher EPC rating can demand higher market values as they are seen as more energy-efficient and cost-effective in the long run.
  4. Potential Cost Savings: By following the recommendations on the Energy Performance Certificate, homeowners can significantly reduce their energy bills.

 

Upgrades Property Owners Can Make

If you’re a property owner in Blackpool, there are several improvements you can make to enhance your property’s Energy Performance Certificate rating:

  1. Insulation: One of the most effective ways to improve energy efficiency. Consider loft, wall, and floor insulation.
  2. Double or Triple Glazing: Replace old windows with double or triple-glazed versions to reduce heat loss.
  3. Energy-efficient Boilers: Old boilers can be incredibly inefficient. Modern, energy-efficient boilers can make a considerable difference.
  4. Solar Panels: A more significant investment, but in sunny areas, they can substantially reduce electricity bills and improve your EPC rating.
  5. LED Lighting: Replace old light bulbs with LED versions which are more energy-efficient.
  6. Smart Thermostats: These devices allow for better control of heating in the home, ensuring energy isn’t wasted.

 

Government Regulations

As of recent regulations, properties in the UK (including Blackpool) must have an Energy Performance Certificate before they are sold or rented. Specifically, for landlords, properties rented out in the private rented sector must have a minimum energy performance rating of E. This regulation is in place to phase out the least energy-efficient properties and is part of the UK’s broader strategy to combat climate change.

Penalties for not meeting these standards can be steep, ranging from fines to restrictions on renting or selling the property until it’s compliant.

Energy-efficient appliances can indirectly impact your property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. While EPC assessments focus more on fixed installations and the building’s fabric, using energy-efficient appliances contributes to lower energy consumption overall, reflecting positively on the property’s energy performance.

Installing solar panels can significantly improve your property’s EPC rating. Solar panels reduce the amount of electricity you need to draw from the grid, thereby improving the property’s energy efficiency and lowering its carbon footprint. This upgrade is favourably reflected in the EPC assessment.

During an EPC reassessment after home improvements, the assessor evaluates the changes made to your property, such as new insulation, heating systems, or double glazing. These improvements are considered to provide a new, potentially higher, EPC rating that more accurately reflects the property’s current energy efficiency.

An Energy Performance Certificate primarily focuses on energy use and efficiency, rather than water efficiency. However, some recommendations in the EPC report, like installing more efficient boilers or heating systems, can indirectly affect water usage and efficiency.

While rare, a newly built property can have a low EPC rating. This could happen if energy efficiency was not a key focus during design and construction, or if the building materials and systems used are not up to current energy efficiency standards.

Yes, EPCs are required for leasehold properties when they are sold or rented out. The responsibility for providing the EPC typically falls on the leaseholder if they are selling or subletting the property.

Some lenders may consider the EPC rating when approving mortgages, especially for green mortgages which offer better terms for energy-efficient properties. A higher EPC rating can sometimes favourably influence the mortgage terms offered.

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What to expect when a Domestic Energy Assessor comes to your property

Every Domestic Energy Assessor / DEA will have their own order and format of carrying out the EPC depending on the software that they use and their personal preference to efficiency.

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