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Top tips to increase your EPC rating

Latest News and Updates August 31, 2022 555 Views
Top tips to increase your EPC rating

In short, an EPC rating is a review of a property’s energy efficiency. The EPC is produced by a qualified EPC assessor, they will carry out a brief survey of the property taking into account the amount of energy used per m2​ and the level of carbon dioxide emissions (in tonnes per year). The property is then placed on a colour-coded scale from A (92+ points) to G (0-20 points), A being the most efficient. There is a legal requirement for all LET properties to have an EPC rating of E or higher so it’s important to make sure you’re getting the most out of your property.

The EPC will last for 10 years and is a legal requirement for anyone who is looking to LET or sell their property. A good rating is also a great marketing tool as it will save the buyers/tenants on their bills. A quick bit of googling showed that you could get an EPC done for around £35, but as you’d expect it depends on lots of factors such as the number of rooms and the age of the property. We found a helpful price comparison site linked below.

Now we know what an EPC let’s have a look at how to boost your rating.

  • Lightbulbs. Swapping your lightbulbs is a quick and easy way to make your property more efficient and score better on your EPC. You’ll be surprised how much changing your light bulbs from traditional halogen to more efficient LED bulbs would make, we’ve seen properties cut their lighting costs by almost 90%. New modern bulbs also last far longer so although they may be more expensive to buy you won’t need to fork out again for a very long while, most LED bulbs have a working range of over 100,000 hours, that’s over 10 years of constant use.

  • Roof insulation. As we all know heat rises, so installing roofing insulation can dramatically reduce heat loss and save masses on heating bills. Studies have shown that around 25% of all heat loss is through the roof in an uninsulated house. Insulating your house is not only a good way of keeping the heat in during the winter but also keeping heat out in the summer.

  • Cavity wall insulation. Don’t worry you don’t need to rip out the inside of your house to get wall insulation. Contractors drill small holes in the exterior brickwork and squirt the insulating foam into the cavity between the brickwork and your interior wall. This can stop around 35% of heat from leaving through the walls.

  • Smart meters are a great way to track your usage and in turn, allow you to modify your behaviour to make sure you’re not wasting energy. Smart meters come in all shapes and sizes so it’s a good idea to do a bit of research before choosing one.

  • Installing a more efficient boiler is probably the biggest way to boost your rating. Older properties may have outdated systems and an upgrade could increase your score by 40 points, with the lowest rating required by law being E (39 points) you could get yourself into this legal zone in one swoop.

  • Cover up draughty parts of your property. This sounds like an obvious one but a lot of people miss it. Checking around the edges of windows, doors and even sometimes floorboards for draughts. These can usually be plugged or repaired relatively easily and can have a massive effect on your score.