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EPCs Explained

When you sell your home in England and Wales, you will need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available for any potential buyer. This report has information about the building’s energy performance and how you can improve it. Read more on the EPC and how to get one in In-Deed’s comprehensive energy guide.

What is the Domestic Energy Performance Certificate Register?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required for new-build properties and for those that are being sold or let. The EPC is held online at the Domestic Energy Performance Certificate Register where you can check if the home you are selling has a valid one – they are valid for 10 years – or read more about the house you want to buy.

If your home doesn’t have one and you intend to put it on the market, you must order an EPC. An estate agent can usually arrange this for you or you can find an accredited, local energy assessor through the register’s website.

What does the EPC involve?

An accredited energy assessor will visit the property to collect the information about its energy features and use. He or she will look at the building’s construction and features such as double glazing, heating systems and insulation to reach a judgment on its energy efficiency and costs. This energy assessment is NOT a building survey, condition report or valuation. The assessor is only interested in the building’s energy features.

What does the EPC contain?

The EPC contains information about the energy use and typical energy costs of a property. It will also make recommendations on how to reduce energy use and save money. The assessor will estimate the costs of lighting, heating and hot water over three years and estimate what you could save if recommended measures, such as adding floor insulation or using low-energy lighting, were carried out. Each property receives an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

How much does an EPC cost?

There is no fixed fee for an EPC, and its price will vary depending on the area you live in and the type of property you are selling. Expect to pay more if your estate agent arranges the inspection. Typically prices start around £35.