It is a necessity that every home has an Energy Performance Certificate From NRG. It’s now over two years since EPCs have been released. These certificates not only demonstrate the energy efficiency of a house, the probable fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions, but also give recommendations on the best way best to improve the energy rating and deliver energy cost savings. Sceptics claim these are “unworthy” but a recent poll by National Energy Services (NES) tells a very different story.
They discovered that when the recommendations in every EPC, to bring houses up to their possible rating, were executed, the average CO2 emissions for each home would decrease by 1.2 tonnes and its fuel bill could be cut by £182 annually. This adds up to a complete reduction in CO2 emissions of 22 percent; against a Government target for home by 2020 of 29 percent (decrease on 2008 emissions). As more than one million houses change hands annually, these savings reveal a capability to reduce our national CO2 emissions by 1.36 million tonnes and reduce power costs by £200 million annually. If Further Steps, included in the EPC, were executed the energy cost saving may be almost doubled.
These are extremely encouraging conclusions concerning the possibility of EPCs; but realising this potential, by undertaking the recommendations, desperately requires home owners to get more information about EPCs, what they really mean and how they save energy and money. Energy Assessors must also help implement the recommendations from the EPC; with no the UK’s carbon-cutting goals are less likely to be fulfilled. Energy Assessors have the skills to assist building owners and occupiers; financial incentives to get things going in the right direction are now in high demand.
Some type of compulsory improvements should be introduced for any property changing hands we recommend visiting NRG website . A power inefficiency surcharge on Stamp Duty, refundable once energy improvements are completed will include incentive and urgency to the issue.
Measures like the proposed ‘scrappage’ strategy for heating systems would create a far larger impact on carbon emissions and energy savings compared to the current one for automobiles, and at a lower cost to the tax payer.
The recommendations from the EPC have to be included in most estate agent particulars so buyers/renters can plan ahead. The Government must begin planning ahead for implementing a number of the higher price, non-standard improvement steps that will be essential if the entire target for emission reductions is to be fulfilled.
Home owners still worry that implementing the Recommendations of the EPC is going to be pricey; however, the energy cost saving can offset the price of implementing improvements like loft and cavity wall insulation. In two thirds of the houses surveyed, the greatest saving would come from advocated improvements to the heating system – it is wonderful how many folks believe heating is made efficient by just fitting thermostatic radiator valves. It’s very important that Energy Assessors get the aid of Estate Agents, Councils, Politicians and the Media to guarantee home owners understand the actual advantages of an EPC for their own pocket and for the planet.