What Is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) tells you how energy efficient your home or commercial building is by giving it a rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). This allows potential tenants or buyers of the property to know what kind of energy bills they should expect before they move in or buy the property. Additionally, EPCs provide recommendations on what improvements could be made to increase the efficiency rating of the property. These improvements could range from better insulation, more efficient heating systems, double glazing etc., depending on what type of building you own. All this information is presented in an easy-to-understand format so homeowners and landlords can easily see what needs to be done in order to improve their building’s energy efficiency rating.
Benefits for Homeowners and Landlords in Weymouth
Homeowners and landlords in Weymouth who have an Energy Performance Certificate can use this document as proof that their building meets all government regulations concerning energy efficiency standards when renting out their properties. Additionally, having an EPC can help them save money on their energy bills by making simple changes such as upgrading windows and doors or improving insulation in order to increase their buildings’ energy efficiency rating. Lastly, having an up-to-date EPC will help homeowners and landlords attract more potential tenants and buyers since they know that the building meets all governmental requirements concerning its energy performance standards.
Since 2008, it has been a legal requirement for any property that is rented out to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place prior to being listed on rental websites or other listing services used by landlords and estate agents. Additionally, all properties must have a valid certificate when new tenancies begin or renewals occur after 1st April 2020. Furthermore, any homes built before 2010 must meet certain minimum energy efficiency ratings set by the government in order for them to be rented out legally.
The only exception applies if no cost-effective measures exist which could bring the dwelling up to these required minimum standards – then only are exemptions granted via local authorities such as those found in Weymouth which allows dwellings with lower than expected ratings, providing evidence exists that no measures exist which would make improvements possible within reasonable costs paid by either landlord’s, homeowners or tenant(s).
What Happens After an Epc Assessment Has Been Completed?
After the assessment, the property owner will receive a copy of the EPC, which includes not only the current energy efficiency rating but also a potential rating if certain improvements are made. This report also provides a detailed list of cost-effective measures that can be taken to improve the energy efficiency of the property.
Here’s what a property owner may need to do after receiving the EPC:
- Understanding the Results: Firstly, the property owner should thoroughly read and understand the results. If there is anything unclear, they should consult with the energy assessor or a professional in the field to help interpret the findings.
- Planning Improvements: Based on the suggestions in the EPC, the owner may decide to implement some, or all, of the recommended energy efficiency improvements. It is important to prioritize improvements that will have the most significant impact on the energy rating.
- Implementing Changes: The owner can then engage relevant contractors or professionals to carry out these improvements. This could range from insulation and glazing upgrades to more complex projects like installing a new heating system or solar panels.
- Reassessment: After making substantial improvements, the owner might choose to have another EPC assessment conducted. An improved rating can increase the property’s value and is a requirement if the owner is considering selling or renting out the property.
- Compliance: In some regions, there may be minimum energy efficiency standards that rental properties must meet. If the EPC reveals that the property falls short of these standards, the owner is required to make necessary improvements.
Remember that while it’s not mandatory for homeowners to implement the recommended improvements, doing so can lead to increased energy efficiency, reduced energy costs, potential increase in property value, and a smaller carbon footprint.