How To Improve EPC Rating
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How To Improve EPC Rating
To achieve high ratings for your buildings from the Building Research Establishment, you need to understand how EPC rating works. Here, we will provide you with an overview of EPC and some tips on how to improve EPC rating. From analysing your building’s energy use to improving ventilation and insulation, you will learn everything you need to ensure your business is running as efficiently as possible.
Why You Should Improve Your Home’s EPC Rating
Improving your home’s EPC rating can help:
- Reflect the environmental benefits of your home and lead to a reduction in your electricity bill.
- Increase your property’s rating and value in the market and help increase the number of interest in your property.
- Lead to a higher Return on Investment (ROI).
- By reducing energy costs and saving money on your monthly utility bills, you will be able to improve the living conditions in your home.
How To Improve EPC Rating Of Your Home
There are several ways you can improve your home’s EPC rating. One way to improve your home’s EPC rating is to reduce the energy used by appliances such as TVs, air conditioning units, light bulbs and computers. You can also improve the insulation of your walls and roofs and install green energy technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines.
There are a few things that you can do to help improve your home’s EPC rating, such as:
- Wall Insulation
Installing wall insulation can be a really simple way to increase your EPC rating. There are two types of insulation - internal and external - and around one-third of all heat lost in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls. To make your house more energy efficient, you should insulate your walls from the inside or outside. Your walls will retain their warmth better if they are built with cavity-wall construction instead of solid walls, so that is another option you have available.
- Floor Insulation
Floor insulation is another way to reduce your heating bills further and increase your EPC rating. Whether you live in a house, bungalow or ground-floor flat, you can seal the gaps between floors, skirting boards and walls to reduce draughts. You will need a tube of coloured sealant to give your building a quick fix.
- Loft insulation
Whether you live in a ground-floor apartment or have an inconveniently located loft, insulating your roof can help. All you need to do is top up nearly half an inch of insulation. And once the process starts, there is no reason why it should not be easy. Many lofts have no dampness or condensation problems and are easily accessible with minimal effort.
- Low energy lighting
Replacing traditional and halogen light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs will boost your home’s EPC by a wide margin.
- Replace boilers with new condensing boilers
A modern and efficient A-rated boiler with thermostatic radiator valves will typically cut costs and increase your EPC rating. Plus, it provides a lot more security for your family’s safety.
- Replace single-glazed windows with low-E double-glazed windows
The best ways to save energy in your home are by insulating it and making your windows more energy efficient. Installing double glazing is the most popular option. By choosing A-rated double glazing for a partially single-glazed semi-detached gas-heated property, you can significantly reduce energy bills and feel warmer in your home.
- Install Renewable Energy Sources
Solar power could be a good move if you want to make big changes to your home and improve your environmental footprint. These most common renewable energy sources will significantly reduce your energy bills once installed.
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By taking these simple steps, you can improve your home’s EPC rating and get all the benefits that come along with it.