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How Can I Improve My EPC Rating?

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In the United Kingdom, all domestic and commercial buildings that are available for purchasing or renting have to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You can get an EPC survey done easily. This will help you identify ways you can save money on energy bills and improve the comfort of your home. 

 

Before we discuss how you can improve your EPC Rating, Let's discuss what EPC actually is. 

What Is EPC?

If you ever bought a new appliance, you’ve probably noticed the appliance has a multi-colour sticker. That sticker tells you how efficient the appliance is.
The same applies to buildings. EPC ratings range from A (very efficient) to G(very inefficient). The rating tells you how costly it is to heat and cool down your home. 

An EPC rating also allows you to get an inside look at what improvements you can make in your home to make it more cost-efficient.

There are several Domestic Energy Assessors in the UK that can produce valid EPC ratings.

You need an EPC rating so that you can show it to potential buyers and renters. Even if you are not putting your property on the market, you need an EPC rating, so that you know how efficient your home is overall.

Still wondering how you can improve your EPC rating? Let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks you can easily implement yourself…

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To improve your EPC rating, control your temperature, by installing modern controls, such as a room thermostat, or individual, thermostatic radiator valves

Tops Tips To Improve Your EPC Rating

You need to know that starting from April 1, 2018, it will be unlawful to rent a property that does not comply with the minimum performance rating. The minimum is set at E. Here are some top tips for improving your rating:

  • Replace your halogen, or non-low energy lighting, with light emitting diodes (LEDs), or compact fluorescent light
  • Install roof insulation, and make sure it is at least 270mm in depth
  • Check your walls for cavities. Make sure to fill and fix the cavities, so that there is no risk of air infiltration
  • Control your temperature, by installing modern controls, such as a room thermostat, or individual, thermostatic radiator valves
  • Replace your old and inefficient boiler with a central heating system
  • Try to replace your appliances with higher energy ratings. For example, if your appliances are ranked B, look for some that are ranked A++
  • Pay attention to the windows. Without properly insulated windows, your home will lose 10% of the heat
  • Consider renewable technologies, such as solar panels

Still looking for an answer to the ‘how can I improve my EPC rating’ question? Let’s take a look at why spray foam proves to be the best insulation solution long-term.

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Spray foam is the only insulation material that provides an air-tight seal of all holes, cracks, and cavities in your home. Spray foam is 24 less permeable to air infiltration than any other type of insulation, making for more comfortable conditions inside!

Why Spray Foam Insulation’s a Prime Performer

We mentioned previously that one way to improve your EPC rating is by installing insulation. There are different insulation types and materials. But we firmly believe spray foam to be the best among them. Here are seven reasons why:

  • You can use spray foam for your walls, but also for your windows
  • Closed spray foam insulation has the highest R-value on the market at 7 per inch. That makes spray foam the most powerful insulator on the market
  • Spray foam has an expansive nature, allowing you to seal all nooks and crannies in your home. With other insulation materials, these might stay exposed
  • Spray foam reduces your energy bill by 50%. No other material can offer such savings
  • Spray foam is the only insulation material that provides an air-tight seal of all holes, cracks, and cavities in your home. Spray foam is 24 less permeable to air infiltration than any other type of insulation
  • In addition, spray foam prevents moisture. Spray foam is not just an air barrier, but also a moisture barrier. By preventing moisture, spray foam effectively combats mould and other problems
  • But most importantly, spray foam insulation has a lifespan of 20+ years. And it is eco-friendly, further reducing your carbon footprint. 

All being said, spray foam is your answer to the question of 'how can I improve my EPC rating'.