Hello there! My name is Simon and I am your local EPC Near Me assessor in Bridgend.
Whether you are looking to sell or rent out your property, or simply want to improve its energy efficiency, I am here to help you out. As an accredited energy assessor, I can offer you professional guidance and advice on how to lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. I understand that navigating the world of energy efficiency regulations can be daunting, but with my expertise and experience, I can ensure that the process is hassle-free and straightforward. So, why not give me a call to book your EPC assessment and take the first step towards a more energy-efficient future!
Price £45 per assessment in Bridgend for properties up to 4 beds.
What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a report that shows how energy efficient a property is based on its age, construction, insulation, and other factors. The report also includes recommendations on ways to improve the energy efficiency of the property. The purpose of an EPC is to help owners reduce their energy bills by making their homes more efficient and environmentally friendly. An EPC can be obtained from qualified assessors who are accredited by a government-recognised body such as Elmhurst Energy Systems Ltd.
Benefits of an EPC
By getting an EPC, homeowners and landlords in Bridgend can benefit from lower energy bills, improved comfort levels in their homes, and increased safety due to updated regulations around gas safety and electrical wiring. Additionally, they will be able to save money on their taxes since some local authorities offer tax relief for those who get an EPC within 3 years of buying or renting out a property. Finally, having an up-to-date EPC also makes it easier for homeowners and landlords in Bridgend to comply with government regulations such as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) requires all landlords in England and Wales to ensure that properties have an energy rating of at least “E” before they can be rented out or re-let after 1 April 2018. This means that if you own rental properties in Bridgend then you must have an up-to-date EPC which has been issued by a qualified assessor before you can let out your property again. Failure to comply with MEES could result in hefty fines so it is important for landlords to make sure they keep their certificates up-to-date at all times.
What Specific Things Does an EPC Assessor Look For?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessor looks for several things when they visit a UK property, including:
- Building construction: The assessor will examine the type of construction materials used in the building, the wall and roof insulation, and the type of glazing in the windows.
- Heating and hot water systems: The assessor will look at the type of heating and hot water systems installed in the property, including the boiler, radiators, and hot water tank.
- Lighting: The assessor will check the lighting in the property to see if it is energy-efficient, such as LED bulbs, and if any lighting controls are in place, such as dimmer switches or motion sensors.
- Renewable energy sources: The assessor will look for any renewable energy sources installed on the property, such as solar panels or wind turbines.
- Air conditioning: If the property has air conditioning, the assessor will check its energy efficiency rating and whether it is fitted with a timer or thermostatic control.
- Draught proofing: The assessor will check if there are any draughts on the property and assess the effectiveness of any draught-proofing measures in place.
- Energy use: The assessor will look at the energy use of the property over the last 3 years, and may also ask the occupants about their energy usage habits.
These factors are used to calculate the energy performance of the property and assign it an energy efficiency rating, which is included in the EPC report. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the property is deemed to be.