7 Effective Tips to Improve Your Property’s EPC Rating
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an essential document that rates the energy efficiency of a property. A higher EPC rating not only helps reduce carbon emissions but also improves the overall value and desirability of your property, plus from 2025 all rental properties will need to be rated ‘C’ or higher.
One of the most significant factors influencing your property’s EPC rating is insulation. Ensure that your walls, roof, and floors are properly insulated to reduce heat loss. Adding insulation material, such as cavity wall insulation or loft insulation, can significantly improve energy efficiency and raise your EPC rating.
Traditional incandescent bulbs consume more energy and have a shorter lifespan compared to energy-efficient alternatives like LED bulbs. By replacing your old bulbs with energy-saving LED lights, you can not only reduce energy consumption but also improve your property’s EPC rating.
Opt for efficient heating systems
The heating system accounts for a significant portion of your property’s energy usage. Upgrading to an energy-efficient boiler, such as a condensing boiler, can significantly improve your EPC rating. Additionally, consider installing thermostatic radiator valves to regulate heat in different rooms, reducing wastage and increasing efficiency.
Upgrade windows and doors
Leaky windows and doors can lead to heat loss, negatively impacting your EPC rating. Investing in double or even triple-glazed windows and energy-efficient doors can enhance insulation, reduce draughts, and improve your property’s energy efficiency. Sometimes it is just changing the glass pane that can make all the difference.
Utilise renewable energy sources
Installing renewable energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines can have a positive impact on your EPC rating. Generating your electricity from renewable sources not only reduces your carbon footprint but also demonstrates a commitment to sustainable living. Yeah, a nice to do but not always that practical – still worth a mention though.
Enhance ventilation systems
Proper ventilation is crucial for maintaining a healthy indoor environment. Install energy-efficient ventilation systems during any refit, such as heat recovery ventilation (HRV), to improve air quality while minimising energy loss.
Control energy usage with smart technology
Integrating smart technology into your property allows you to monitor and control energy consumption efficiently. Smart thermostats, motion sensors, and programmable timers can help optimise energy usage, reduce waste, and enhance your EPC rating really quickly.
Improving your property’s EPC rating can be a worthwhile investment, both for the environment and your property’s value.
Remember, making these improvements not only benefits you financially but also contributes to a greener and more sustainable future, and it can help you get a better buy to let mortgage deal on renewal. Nice, get in touch.