Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are the documents that let local authorities know how well a property is run. It records how energy efficient a property is as well as reporting any changes to the energy efficiency over the last year. It can also measure how well a property is insulated against heat loss, which can be a major factor in high heating bills. The certificate informs residents and landlords of what kind of impact a property’s energy efficiency has on its carbon emissions and therefore on its contribution to climate change. It should however not be confused with an energy performance certificate or an energy management plan (EMP), which is commissioned by an estate agent and is often produced alongside the EPC.
There are three main parts to all energy performance certificates. The first, and most important, part is the Information Package, which provides details about the types of energy efficiency features that have been included within the property. This includes information about how many kilowatts of electricity to the property uses, what fuel is used for the fuel, how much heat is generated by the boiler and other pertinent information. The second part is the Performance Assessment Results, which assesses the energy efficiency rating of the property and gives a score based on how well the property is measured up against the recommended energy efficiency ratings. Both ratings are given ‘A’ grades, which indicate that they are amongst the best available in the region.
The third and final part is the Technical Implementation Plan, which is a document that describes the plans and procedures that are in force for the energy efficiency certificate to come into force. It is important that this energy performance certificate is accompanied by an appropriate strategy document that details how the plans will impact on local infrastructure, the carbon footprint of the property and how the plans will be implemented. It should also provide a description of how the plans will work in conjunction with local planning regulations. The plans should detail how energy-efficient appliances will work and be fitted, as well as showing how the plans will ensure that no external energy sources are used for heating or cooling. It is essential to remember that if you are not living in an area that has implemented all the recommended energy efficiency ratings, then your property still meets the criteria, as it is still considered to be ‘safe’ for living conditions. If it does not, it is important that you contact your local authority and find out how you can improve the rating on your property.
When it comes to actually obtaining an energy performance certificate, you have a choice of either getting it from government bodies or via a private firm. Although the former may be slightly more expensive, it is a necessary evil and there are many reputable contractors around who can provide the service you need. It is extremely important that you do a lot of research before committing yourself to one particular contractor, as you may find that they do not live up to their claims in certain areas.
Once you have decided to get an energy performance certificate, it is likely that you will be required to pay a small fee before you can apply for it. The energy performance certificate will rate the efficiency of the energy that you use, as well as the temperature that the heat and cool air is kept at. If you wish to reduce the carbon footprint of your home, then you will also need to ensure that you implement some type of green technology. These include energy efficient light bulbs, and ensuring that your home keeps good records when it comes to how many electrical items it is using.
You should always make sure that you contact a reputable professional before getting an energy performance certificate. They will be able to give you advice on the best way to obtain this certificate, as well as giving you advice on ways that you can make your home more energy efficient. You can also get information on how you can make an energy efficiency certificate more affordable. However, if you fail to achieve the standards that are set for your home, then you may not be eligible for this certificate.