EPCs – Energy Performance Certificates
- What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
- Why do I need an EPC?
- Does an EPC help me access any funding?
- Who can provide me with an EPC?
- Is there any better report than an EPC?
In brief, an EPC is a report provided about your home, once a qualified Energy Assessor has surveyed it. It results in an overall Energy Rating on a scale of A-G, and an Environmental Rating too. An EPC lists recommended energy-related home improvement measures relevant for your property, and indicates what the Energy Rating would then be if those improvements were implemented. The closer the Energy Rating is to ‘A’ then the lower your energy bills are expected to be. An EPC helps customers prioritise improvements. It shows which improvements will make the largest difference to the overall Energy Rating, hence the largest positive impact on your future energy bills. There are other reasons an EPC is needed…..
- To apply for a Home Energy Scotland Loan to support the installation of renewable heating systems or an electricity-generating technology such as solar panels
- Prior to having Solar PV Panels installed it is essential that you get an EPC, so that you have it to include with your application for payment of the 20-year tax-free index-linked Feed-In Tariff (FIT) following completion of your system’s installation
- To make an application for payment of the 7-year tax-free index-linked Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) when you have had a renewable heating system installed
An EPC can be provided by…..
a Domestic Energy Assessor or a Green Deal Adviser – Shirley Paterson of nextGenergy is both
A Green Deal Advice Report includes an EPC, and also an Occupancy Assessment
– a Green Deal Assessment survey could be of far greater value for you than having only an EPC survey carried out.
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