Energy Performance Certificates

If you are selling or letting your property, you are legally required to have an EPC (energy performance certificate), or to have commissioned one, by the time your house is on the market.

An EPC is a government directive that allows prospective buyers or tenants to see how energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly the property is. EPCs have been in force since October 2008.

Our trained staff at Rumball Sedgwick can arrange an EPC for you as part of our selling and letting service.

You don’t have to act on the recommendations of the EPC. However, making a property more energy-efficient or environmentally-friendly may make it more attractive to potential buyers or tenants.

What does an EPC look like?

EPC graphs look similar to the energy label found on domestic appliances such as fridges and washing machines. The energy efficiency and environmental impact of your property will be rated on a scale from A-G, with A being the most efficient level. Current running costs for heating, hot water and lighting will also be shown on the certificate, together with a list of recommended energy-saving improvements.

Example EPC:

The list includes:-

  • Improvements such as loft insulation
  • Possible cost savings per year, if the improvements are made
  • How the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property

How long does an EPC last?

Under current legislation, an EPC lasts for 10 years

Further advice on energy efficient improvements

For free impartial advice on energy efficient improvements visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

How can I arrange an EPC?

Simply speak to a member of our lettings team on 01727 852384, who will contact our own directly employed Energy Assessors.