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All UK domestic and commercial buildings to buy or available to rent now require an ‘Energy Performance Certificate’. An Energy Performance Certificate is also known as an EPC.
An energy performance survey can identifying useful ways to save money on your energy bills. GDS Property Services is an accredited ‘Domestic Energy Assessor’. An energy performance survey from GDS Property Services will produce a valid EPC for your home.
So, what are Energy Performance Certificates or EPCs?
EPCs tell you how energy-efficient a building actually is. This certificate gives the property a rating. ‘A’ ratings are given for very efficient properties. ‘G’ ratings are set when the property’s energy rating is inefficient. This informs the property’s users how costly it will be to heat and light the building. It also states how much energy it will take to do this. The EPC reports on what the building’s carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be – through normal use.
An Energy Performance Certificate also highlights what the rating could be if energy-saving improvements were made. It helps to clarify how you can achieve better energy efficiency, cost-effectively. This information is included to make the transition easier to a lower energy-consuming building.
For tenants in rented accommodation, some of the improvements documented on the Energy Performance Certificate are totally worth exploring. Switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs, is just one example of this.
EPCs are valid for ten years, from the date produced. Find out more about Energy Performance Certificates on the EPC Register.
Why get an EPC?
If you are selling or renting out a domestic or a commercial property, you are now legally required to get an Energy Performance Certificate. An approved Domestic Energy Assessor must be engaged to produce the EPC for the building. This Energy Performance Certificate has to be made available to potential buyers or tenants, as soon as the property is marketed for sale or for rent.
For home-owners, getting an Energy Performance Certificate produced can help you to identify useful ways of improving the energy efficiency of your home. Because all Energy Performance Certificates are valid for ten years, you will have an accurate EPC ready if you decide to sell or rent the property within this 10-year period. If you improve your home subsequently, you may also wish to get a fresh Energy Performance Certificate done that include these new extra improvements.