What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating?

An EPC rating is a standardised indication of a property's energy efficiency.

Who needs an EPC

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations states that private Landlords and people selling a property require an EPC by Law.

The minimum EPC rating for landlords of private domestic rented properties is E. This requirement was set by changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations on 1 April 2020 and applies to all domestic private rented properties that are:

− Assured, regulated or domestic agricultural tenancies

− Legally required to have an EPC

A number of ways to improve your property's EPC rating

To improve your rental property's EPC rating, you must make changes to enhance its energy efficiency. Here are eight actionable ways to achieve this:

Upgrade the lighting to LED light bulbs

Insulate the walls and roof

Invest in double or triple-glazed windows

Upgrade the boiler

Install underfloor heating

Install a smart meter

Invest in renewable energy

Seek help from your energy supplier

Before you attempt to improve your property's EPC rating, remember that it could be more cost-effective to carry out a whole house retrofit – in which you tackle insulation, windows and heating systems in one go – rather than carry out a series of smaller, independent upgrades.

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