What can I do if my property has a low EPC rating?
If you have a low EPC rating, there are several simple ways of improving the property’s energy efficiency:
- Upgrade to LED lightbulbs: LED lightbulbs are far more energy efficient than traditional bulbs and are far more eco-friendly. Replace incandescent or halogen bulbs with light-emitting diodes to improve energy performance and reduce your bills slightly.
- Insulate roofing and walls: Almost a third of all heat lost in the home can occur through the roof, but installing insulation with a thickness of at least 270mm will have a significant impact. In addition, wall insulation, or solid wall insulation (especially on older pre-WWII properties), will reduce energy bills and significantly improve the EPC rating.
- Install double or triple-glazed windows: Most new homes usually have double-glazing, but you can add as many as 10 points to your EPC rating by installing new double-glazing or even more by using triple-glazed windows.
- Replace the old boiler: The boiler plays a central role in the energy performance of any property. Upgrading to a newer version will ensure heat is supplied to the property far more efficiently while also saving you money.