All homes placed onto the market, either 'for sale' or 'to let', require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).  They are designed to give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs.

What they tell you

  • Information on your home's energy use and typical energy costs  
  •  A recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and save money

Energy use and potential savings


EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and estimated costs of energy use with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and energy costs could be if energy saving measures were put in place.


The rating measures the energy efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is 'D'. All homes are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.


The recommendation report


EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing how you could reduce the amount of energy you use and your carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists:

  • suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation
  • possible cost savings per year, if the improvements are made 
  • how the recommendations would change the energy efficiency rating of the property 
  • which improvements may be eligible for funding through the Green Deal.


You don’t have to act on the recommendations in the report. However, if you decide to do so, it could make your property more attractive for sale by making it more energy efficient.

Alan Cooper Estates can arrange your EPC.  Please call for details

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