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How EPC rates can affect your property

By: Kelly Bellerson

Since EPC’s became law in 2008 they have been synonymous with sustainability, recently becoming one of the big focuses in the Government’s Future Homes Standards and Levelling Up plans.

Every property in the UK is required to have a valid EPC certificate, and there are many benefits that come from having a good one. However, those with a low-scoring EPC rating may encounter problems such as structural defects and bigger bills.

Good EPC rates create prosperous properties

Homeowners are becoming increasingly concerned about running costs and rising energy prices, particularly in the current economic climate. However, a good EPC rating can help.

The more energy efficient your home is, the more you save on bills, and ensuring your property is well maintained will lower the chances of defects such as mould, damp, and leaks making their way into your home. Regular maintenance also allows property owners to identify any areas where defects may arise, preventing them from developing further and becoming an expensive fix.

Small changes such as improving your property’s insulation and switching to LED lightbulbs can significantly improve the quality of your home, boosting it’s energy performance and reducing it’s carbon emissions.

Homeowners can receive an EPC rating between A and G, but a good EPC rate is often considered to be one that sits between A and D.

Is there such a thing as a bad EPC rating?

There are three main elements that determine around 80% of a property’s EPC rating; insulation, heating controls, and fuel source. If your building rates poorly on any two of these elements, then it is highly likely that your home will receive an EPC certificate of F or G.

Domestic properties that score below EPC E are considered unlawful, under the Government’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, and have found their property is prone to reoccurring defects, more expensive bills, and unmanageable running costs.

Effectively insulating your property can prevent mould and condensation from building up on walls and ceiling structures. Good insulation will lower spending and prevent future costly maintenance issues.

Homeowners should consider switching to a low-carbon heating source and start monitoring how much energy they use through up to date heating control systems, as this will ensure energy is not being wasted, ultimately bringing up the building’s EPC rating.

Overall, the more energy efficient your building is, the better it will run. Increasing your property’s energy performance improves the quality of your home, lowers running costs, and helps the planet. For landlords, a good energy performance rating has been ranked among the top priorities for house-hunters today.

A residential building surveyor can recommend the right changes to boost your building’s energy performance, ensuring you’re saving rather than cutting corners.

A force for change

Whilst many agree that EPC’s aren’t perfect, they are a force for change when it comes to improving the standard quality of homes and reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. Domestic properties across the UK emit 2.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, making the residential housing sector among one of the biggest polluters in the country.

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