Top tips to improve your Energy Performance Certificate rating

Posted 15/01/2018 by: Reeds Rains

Top tips

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

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