10 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating


09 May 10 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating

Improving the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of your home can help you to reduce your energy bills, make your home more environmentally friendly and increase its overall value if you’re thinking of selling. The EPC rating is a measure of a home’s energy efficiency, taking into account factors such as insulation, heating systems and the type of windows and doors you have. Every home for sale must now have an EPC certificate (unless exempt, see gov website for list of exemptions).

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Below are some simple steps that we can think of that you can take to improve your home’s EPC rating and make it more energy efficient.

10 ways to improve the EPC rating of your home

1. Insulate your home

Insulating your home is one of the most effective ways to reduce heat loss. You can insulate your loft, walls and floor, which will help to retain heat and reduce the amount of energy you need to use to keep your home warm.

2. Upgrade your heating system

Upgrading your heating system to a more efficient model, such as a condensing boiler, can significantly reduce your energy bills also. Consider upgrading to a low-carbon heating system, such as a heat pump, which can provide even more energy savings.

3. Replace old windows and doors

Replacing old, single-glazed windows and doors with double-glazed or triple-glazing can help to reduce heat loss. Consider upgrading to windows and doors with a high Energy Efficiency Rating (EER), which will help to keep your home warm and reduce your energy bills.

4. Install cavity wall insulation

If your home was built after the 1920s and has cavity walls, you may be able to improve your home’s EPC rating by installing cavity wall insulation. This involves filling the gap between the inner and outer walls with insulation material, which will help to reduce heat loss and keep your home warm.

5. Upgrade your lighting

Upgrading your lighting to energy-efficient LED bulbs can help to reduce your energy bills. LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 15 times longer, making them an effective and cost-saving solution.

6. Use draught excluders

Installing draught excluders around windows, doors and letterboxes can also help to reduce heat loss. Draught excluders are a simple and effective solution to reduce the amount of warm air escaping from your home and prevent cold air from entering.

7. Install a smart thermostat

Installing a smart thermostat can help you to control your heating more effectively and reduce your energy bills. A smart thermostat allows you to control your heating from devices such as your phone and it will learn your heating habits and adjust the temperature accordingly, helping to reduce your energy waste.

8. Use energy-efficient appliances

Upgrading your appliances to energy-efficient models can help to reduce your energy bills. Look for appliances with an Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of A++ or A+, which will help to reduce your energy consumption.

9. Reduce standby power

Standby power refers to the energy that is consumed by electronic devices when they are switched off but still plugged in. Consider using a standby power strip to reduce the amount of energy consumed by your devices or unplug your devices.

10. Monitor your energy use

Monitoring your energy use can help you to identify areas where you can make changes to reduce your energy consumption. You can use a smart meter to monitor your energy use in real-time, or use an energy monitor to track your usage over time.

Improving your home’s EPC rating can be a straightforward process, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. By taking the time to make some simple changes, you can have a positive impact on both your wallet and the environment. Start today and enjoy the benefits of a more energy-efficient home.

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