What information is on an EPC?
Although the focus on an EPC is on the rating itself, there is a large amount of useful, practical information also contained on it.
- The estimated energy costs for the building
- The estimated energy savings that could be made
The EPC considers the energy that would be consumed through heating, lighting and running hot water at the property. It doesn’t attempt to make any estimate of which appliances might be used.
Not only does it give you an idea of what the property might cost and what it might save, it also offers suggestions on the best ways those savings might be made. For example:
- Increasing loft insulation
- Adding double glazing
- Adding wall cavity insulation
- Adding draught proofing
The report offers a likely cost range for each option plus the likely annual savings that they would generate. It also lists each element of the home as can be seen in the example report here. Against that, it details any energy performance features and gives an energy efficiency assessment for each.
All in all, the EPC contains a significant amount of useful information and not just for home buyers. Since April this year, private tenants can seek permission from their landlord to carry out energy efficiency improvements in their rented property too.