From 1st April 2018, it will be illegal to rent a residential property with a poor energy rating. As a result, properties will have to achieve at least an E rating on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before they can be rented. Here are some easy tips to help you boost your EPC rating:
What is an energy efficiency rating?
A section of your Energy Performance Certificate is dedicated to how energy efficient your property is. It’s graded from A to G, with A being the highest, most energy-efficient rating. Once obtained, the certificate is valid for ten years and is generally for the use of prospective tenants or buyers.
Opt for new lights
Standard light bulbs usually generate more heat and are not energy-efficient to use in the long term. Replacing them with energy saving LED bulbs is easy to do and will help you improve your EPC rating. They also last longer than other light bulbs and are more environmentally friendly.
Make better use of your heating
Consider installing a new boiler – it can help you reduce your energy bills as the latest models are much more energy efficient. Other cheaper ways to improve the EPC rating of your property include installing adjustable thermostats for radiators to make sure that you’re not heating rooms unnecessarily.
Insulate your windows
Without properly insulated windows, your property could be losing up to 10% of its heat. Double-glazed windows make a huge difference when it comes to lowering energy bills, as well as reducing condensation and noise throughout your property. This will not only have a positive bearing on your EPC rating but will also increase the value of your property.
Choose the right flooring type
The type of flooring you choose to install in your property can help you save energy and money. Carpets can keep your property much warmer during winter while thick rugs can also trap heat in key areas of your property.
Exterior doors are key
Choosing the right exterior door for your property should be a well-thought-out decision. When selecting a door, make sure to take a look at its energy performance rating. This score will let you know how well the door will keep the energy in your property by trapping heat or cool air inside.
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