If you’re selling or letting a home, or looking at buying a new property, you should be aware of what an EPC is and what it means. For those looking to sell or let their house, it is a legal requirement, but prospective buyers can learn a lot about how to save money on their bills by using it.

An EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate, is a certificate showing how energy efficient your property is. Properties are graded between A and G, with A being most efficient and E being least efficient. From April 2018, there will be a fixed penalty in place for properties that do not meet the minimum ‘E’ grade. In West Yorkshire, a lot of our existing housing stock is fairly old, and as such you may find that your EPC certificate is typically lower than a grade C. As a result, you are paying more to heat your home than someone with an identical property that has a higher grade. For those looking to buy or rent a home, EPCs provide a breakdown of running costs. These could vary significantly between properties, and could even effect if you can buy the property as it goes in to your mortgage affordability calculator. Thankfully, an EPC not only provides a rating, but effective ways to improve the efficiency of the building and reduce your bills. On an EPC you will find suggested improvements, their rough costs and potential savings. These could include installing an energy efficient boiler, draught proofing or improving insulation. If you’re looking to cut costs on your home heating, your EPC is often the best place to check first. Being able to inspect the costs and savings of each measure gives you a good idea of where to start first, and what is within your budget. Here at Thompson’s Gas, not only are we able to carry out Energy Performance Certificates, but we often find that we are able to carry out many of the works required. As such, you can find how best to save money, and save that money, all in one go. If you’re looking to rent or sell your property, or want to make things a little warmer at home and not sure where to start, contact us today for a no obligation quote and advice on how to get started.

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