Top tips to improve your Energy Performance Certificate rating
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 mean that from 01 April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the Private Rented Sector to have a minimum energy performance rating of 'E', or above on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants.
How to find ou your current EPC rating:
- If you have access to the Reeds Rains landlord portal - you will find a copy of your current EPC saved there. Login here >
- You can also find a copy on the government's website. Especially useful if you do not know your Report Reference Number. You can simply search by the postcode of the property here >
Our top tips to improve your current Energy Performance Certificate rating:
- Insulation - If your loft insulation falls below 270mm think, upgrading this will improver your energy efficiency rating
- Draft proofing - Is air escaping from places within your home, e.g. letter box, windows, conservatory? Paying attention to these areas and filling gaps can really improve your energy efficiency rating
- Cavity wall insulation - Firstly do you know what is within the walls? Do you have a way of finding out, has it been recorded in your current report? If you are not sure, it is worthwhile to find out and make upgrades where possible
- Renewable energy - Solar panels these could be pitched on the roof and potentially earn you an additional income, or if you have land, they can be sited in a field along with a wind turbine!
- Lighting - Simply switching your old lightbulbs for more efficient styles, e.g. halogen incandescents and fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more to start with, during their lifetime they will save you money because they use less energy
- Boiler - Your boiler can account for majority of your energy costs (e.g.60%), so making sure you have an energy efficient boiler should be top of your list. Look out for a boiler with an 'A', rating efficient model if you are to replace your current system