Energy Performance Certificates - Your Questions answered by Lincoln EPC!
You are told that you have to have an EPC but not why, read on for more help and information...
The Energy Performance Certificate is not a minefield which you have to wade through, it is an easy process where everything is taken care of for you. The certificate is important because nearly 50 per cent of the UK's energy consumption and carbon emissions arise from the way our buildings are lit, heated and used. Even making a small change to the heating and lighting systems in your property will have an impact on the certificate and can also reduce your energy bills.
The EPC works on the size and age of your house, we need to measure up in order to determine the footprint and volume of your house, we then have a look at the heating system so that we can determine how efficient it is at heating the space that you have, this is where the measurements come back into it, we then have a look at the insulation in the walls and loft (own ladder provided), this together with a few other notes on the windows, light bulbs and water heating system are then inputted into the system to create the certificate.
The average certificate itself is 4 pages long. On the first page is the graph, this is the bit that most people are interested in, the coloured chart is the energy performance of the house and the most important one of the two, within the chart is two colums, the first column is the current rating of the house, the second is the potential rating of the house. The potential rating is determined by a number of factors, the age of the house for instance and whether you are in an area without access to mains gas. The EPC rating does not penalise you for what you have or have not got and will set the potential accordingly, the trick to the EPC is what has been done to the house in order to get the current rating as close to the potential rating as possible.
The energy performance certificate also contains recommendations which have arisen from the assessment and lets you know of any improvements that can be made to the house in order to reduce energy bills.
We hope this helps you unravel the myths and mysteries of the EPC, if you have any further questions please do give us a call and we will do all we can to help you. Your questions answered by Lincoln EPC.
We hope this helps you unravel the myths and mysteries of the EPC, if you have any further questions please do give us a call and we will do all we can to help you.
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