What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) shows how energy efficient your property is by providing a rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). This certificate also provides recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of the property, including identifying any possible cost-saving measures. The certificate will list all of the relevant details such as age, type of building, occupancy rate, size of windows, insulation levels etc., that affect its energy efficiency rating.
Why Do Homeowners and Landlords in Pontardawe Need One?
In order to comply with government regulations, all homeowners and landlords in Pontardawe are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This certificate must be obtained before being able to rent out their properties or sell them on the open market. It’s important that potential buyers or tenants can see the EPC rating before they make any decisions regarding renting or buying a property. It helps them decide whether the property meets their needs in terms of both cost savings and environmental impact.
Benefits of Having an EPC
Having an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate can help homeowners reduce their carbon footprint while also saving money on energy bills – up to £320 a year according to some estimates! Furthermore, having an updated certificate can help increase the value of your property when it comes time to sell or rent out your home by demonstrating its energy efficiency rating to potential buyers and tenants. Finally, having an EPC can provide peace of mind knowing that you are complying with government regulations concerning energy efficiency standards in residential properties across Wales.
What Specific Things Does an Assessor Look For?
When an EPC assessor visits a property, they typically look at the following aspects:
- Building Construction and Materials: They will assess the age, material, and construction type of the property, as these factors can greatly affect its insulation properties and overall energy efficiency.
- Insulation: The assessor will check the loft, walls, and floors for insulation, which can help to reduce the amount of heat that escapes from a property. They will also look at the condition and type of insulation used.
- Heating System: The assessor will check the boiler or heating system, its efficiency rating, the controls it has (like thermostatic controls), and whether it’s an old or modern system. They will also look at whether the property has a hot water tank and whether it is insulated.
- Ventilation: They will check if the property is properly ventilated, as poor ventilation can lead to dampness and mould problems, which can affect the energy efficiency of the property.
- Windows and Doors: The assessor will check the windows and doors for double glazing and draught-proofing. They will also take into account the type and age of the windows.
- Lighting: The type of light bulbs used in the property (e.g., LED, CFL, incandescent) will be checked, as energy-efficient light bulbs can lower energy usage.
- Renewable Energy Sources: If the property uses renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines, this will also be assessed and can positively impact the energy efficiency rating.
After collecting the necessary data, the EPC assessor will then input it into a software program which calculates the energy efficiency of the property and gives it a rating. The EPC will also include recommendations on how to improve the property’s energy efficiency.