What Are The EPC Legal Requirements?
Now, more than ever, there is much more emphasis on the advantages of using renewable energy sources, particularly in the home.
The introduction of the Energy Performance Certificate was implemented to encourage energy efficiency of buildings, yet there is still a significant amount of homes that rank inadequately on the EPC scale.
From April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) implemented a new regulation in order to prevent landlords from leasing their buildings, either commercial or residential, if the EPC rating was below an E grade. From 1st April 2020, all rented property must adhere to the minimum EPC rating.
Both the MEES and EPC are government initiatives with the intention to encourage customers to become more energy cautious. Government financial support towards the Green Deal Scheme, which was implemented to encourage consumers to become more energy efficient, has been removed.
This then places the responsibility on the landlord to meet the legal requirements, and failure to adhere to the minimum requirement can result in significant fines.
There are some exemptions, for example if the property was leased before an EPC became a legal requirement in 2008, or if individual rooms are being leased. However, this does require extensive evidence and it is always beneficial to increase your EPC grade.
How can I improve my EPC rating?
The best way to improve your EPC rating, is to switch to a more environmentally friendly model and to implement renewable energy sources which will increase your EPC grade.
Property owners who switch to renewable energy sources not only play a key part in protecting the environment, but overall lower the cost of energy bills and keep their EPC grade high.
It is also beneficial for landowners, since tenants will prefer a higher standard of energy efficiency.
In short, a low EPC rating will culminate in significantly high energy bills, whereas a high EPC rating will save you money in the long run.
There are various ways you can improve your EPC rating, and cut the cost of your energy bills, such as double glazing, loft installation, even switching to LED bulbs which have a small, yet effective contribution.
The biggest impact on your EPC grade will come from the cost of the energy that supplies your heating system, since heating takes up a significant amount of energy bills, usually around 55%.
If you were to switch to an energy efficient boiler, a large amount of your energy bills will be decreased. Solar panel installation is another way in which you can significantly improve your EPC rating.
For example, if a G-rated house was to install solar panels alone, over £300 annually could be saved in energy bills. Whilst the initial installation cost can be high, the decrease in energy usage annually will save you money overall.
Ground-source heat pumps are another way in which you can increase your EPC grade, as the heat pumps will extract the residual heat of the sun from within the ground to heat appliances within the home.
All of these renewable energy sources will dramatically increase your EPC rating.
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