Energy Performance Certificates – what they tell you

EPCs contain:

Information on your home's energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
a recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.

Energy Performance Certificates – where can I get one?
We can obtain one for you or you can use an existing one.
Energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures we are putting in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission 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.
Around 27 per cent of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from domestic homes. Carbon dioxide contributes to climate change. Find out more by reading ‘Climate change: a quick guide’.

The recommendation report
EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing what you could do to help 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 and carbon emission rating of the property
You don’t have to act on the recommendations in the recommendation report. However, if you decide to do so, it could make your property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient.
For more information on saving energy and whether you are eligible for energy efficiency grants to make your home more energy efficient, follow the link below.
The certificate also contains:

detailed estimates of potential energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and fuel costs
details of the person who carried out the EPC assessment
who to contact if you want to make a complaint

The EPC Adviser - make your own recommendation report
The EPC Adviser is an online tool that shows you what you can do to make your home more energy-efficient. You just need your EPC reference number and it will calculate how much money and carbon you can save.
You’ll get an instant report that you can change depending on what you would like to do to your home. For example, you might be planning to add loft insulation. So you can add that and see how much money you could save. You can try as many different combinations as you like before you view your results for total cost and energy savings.

What an EPC looks like
Information about energy efficiency and carbon emissions is summarised in two charts that show the energy and carbon dioxide emission ratings. The charts look similar to those supplied on electrical appliances, like fridges and washing machines.
Do I need an EPC?
It is a legal EU requirement that an EPC is provided by the seller or landlord. The EPC is to be retained by the seller, the seller is require to have ordered an EPC at the time of instructing an agent.  In the case of letting an EPC is required at the time a new tenancy agreement starts.

How long are EPCs valid for?
An EPC for residential property will be valid for 10 years or until replaced with a newer one.
Do I need a new EPC every time I let my building?
As long as a valid EPC exists for the building, you can provide this to prospective tenants. An EPC is valid for 10 years and during this period you can provide the same EPC to prospective tenants. This EPC will no longer be valid if a newer EPC has been registered.