What is an EPC? An EPC is a graph that shows the Energy Efficiency of a building, it is now a legal requirement for any home that is sold or rented and must be available free of charge to anyone who requests it. Inside an EPC, you’ll find “actual” and “potential” figures with a graph ranging from “A” for best to “G” for least energy efficient, a recommendation report, information on the assessor who completed the EPC, and a figures for current/potential average running costs.
What is it for? EPCs have been introduced by the Government to enable home buyers or renters to understand the efficiency of a property they may be interested in buying or renting. If you were to buy the property, you could use the information and recommendations provided in the EPC to help reduce your carbon footprint and save money in the long run.
Who cares? Because EPCs are a relatively new stage in selling/renting your property, not many people know what they do or the benefits they provide. Over time, EPCs will become much more of a standard practice, providing new owners with a wide range of information to help them save money or ways to make improvements.
How much and how long? EPC prices vary widely across the country, depending on the demand in the area; in most regions of the UK you’ll be looking at between £50 and £80 and sometimes more if you decide to instruct your EPC through your state. / Leasing Agent.
The EPC will last you 10 years and can be reused an unlimited number of times, which is useful if you are a landlord planning to rent your property for an extended period.