When you sell your home, you need to have an Energy Performance Certificate. The EPC provides an overview of the energy efficiency rating of your home. It is easy to see why this is information prospective buyers would like to know, but which may be something they cannot immediately determine for themselves. Therefore, it is no surprise it is now a legal requirement for vendors to provide buyers with a copy of the EPC.
However, if you are selling your home, you shouldn’t think the EPC is the only energy efficiency consideration you should make. There is a lot to be said for making your home as energy efficient as possible, with the following reasons being relevant:
· An energy-efficient house has lower energy bills, which is appealing to buyers
· Improving your energy-efficiency rating can add to the value of your home
· In a competitive market, improving energy efficiency can differentiate your property from others
· An increasing number of people make decisions based on energy efficiency, so you may attract more buyers
These are all valid reasons to improve the energy efficiency of your home, and there are affordable ways to upgrade your energy efficiency rating. There are expensive ways to improve the score, such as replacing your boiler or installing double-glazed windows. If you have the time and budget to make these changes, it is sensible to do so, as they can significantly enhance your EPC rating.
However, the financial benefits of these upgrades often take a long time to recoup. You will also likely experience short-term disruption with these changes. Therefore, while these upgrades are suitable for some property owners, they won’t be the right option for everyone.
Thankfully, there are some great ways you can upgrade your energy efficiency, and at an affordable price!
A lot of heat energy is lost through your roof and exterior walls, so it makes sense to install insulation, retaining heat. These insulation solutions improve your EPC rating, and they also lower energy bills, providing you with a high return on your investment.
Energy-saving bulbs are more expensive than traditional bulbs, but they last longer, and use much less energy than conventional bulbs. Therefore, making this switch makes life easier for you, and it saves you money in the long-term, which is never an adverse outcome.
Whether you buy lagging pipes or you insulate with other materials, keeping your pipes warm reduces the amount of energy you use to heat your house.
If you have an EPC in place, you will know it provides you with tips on how to improve the energy efficiency rating of your home. This is the prominent place to start, as these tips are tailored to your home, and will help you improve your score.
If you are looking to sell your home, improving the energy efficiency rating is a smart idea, and we can help you with all parts of the process. If you would like to book a valuation, we can help, so contact us today.