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    How Epc Ratings Can Significantly Impact Your Energy Bills

    EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate and rates how efficiently a property uses energy. The rating ranges from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and indicates a household’s energy performance.

    Rightmove produced an energy bill tracker calculating the average energy bill of homes for sale on Rightmove in May 2024. A 1-bedroom flat with an EPC rating of ‘A’ costs £580 annually, whilst a 5-bedroom detached house with an EPC rating of ‘G’ will cost £10,121. This highlights how drastically the property size and EPC rating can alter energy bills.

    A typical household type, like a 3-bedroom semi-detached house with an EPC rating of D, will cost approximately £192 a month. Still, if the same property were to have an EPC rating of A, this would be considerably lower at around £41 per month, so you can certainly appreciate how much of a difference the EPC rating can make to your energy bills. Learn more about how this can affect your investing in property options.

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    How Can You Improve Your EPC Rating?

    You can take measures to lower your bills, like using LEDs (light-emitting diodes). These are far more energy efficient than halogen and Incandescent lamps, which generate more heat and generally have a shorter lifespan.

    Triple glazing, more common in colder climates, can help retain heat within the home and lower energy bills. Windows have their own ratings, with A++ being the most efficient and E being the least efficient. Triple glazing is pricey but can significantly reduce heat loss from your home and be up to 50% more thermally efficient than older double glazing.

    Insulation is another method of retaining heat within the home, consequently lowering energy costs. High-quality insulation can help keep homes at a more constant temperature instead of feeling too hot in the summer and too cool in the winter.

    Renewable energy sources like solar panels and air-source heat pumps can help reduce energy costs. Solar panels generate energy, and any surplus can be returned to the grid. Air-source heat pumps extract heat from the outside air and transfer it into a fluid, which moves through a heat exchanger to the heat pump. The temperature of the fluid increases inside the heat pump until it is transferred into water, which can then be used for heating.

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      Do I Need an EPC Certificate?

      If you plan to rent or sell a property, you will need to secure an EPC Rating of D or above. If unsure, you can check if your property has a valid EPC. There are exceptions, however, including temporary buildings that will be in use for less than two years, stand-alone buildings with less than 50 square metres of useful floor space and buildings that don’t consume much energy, such as industrial sites, workshops and non-agricultural buildings.

      Investing in new-build or off-plan properties can help avoid issues meeting energy-saving requirements. Data released by ‘The Home Builders Federation’ reported that homes built after June 2023 emit 73% less carbon on average than older homes, and homeowners could save around £2000 a year on energy bills compared to older properties. This emphasises the benefits new homes can have both environmentally and at reducing energy costs, which for those buying a property to rent out can be very advantageous, especially for those that see their property acquisition as a long-term investment.

      Further reading: Liverpool is a popular choice amongst buy-to-let property investors due to lower property prices and higher rental yields than in other regions of the UK. Our Liverpool new-build and off-plan property investment guides go into more detail and can help you make a more informed decision.

      For a more detailed look into property investment in different regions of the UK, take a look at our updated property guides:

      Millions of UK Homes Require EPC Rating Improvements

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      Mark is a property news and onsite content writer at RWinvest. With a close eye on the UK property market, Mark helps our readers stay up-to-date with the property trends and statistics.