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There are a number of energy saving improvements you could consider making to your property to help improve the EPC score.

 

1. Lighting - Try and make sure as many of your fixed light fittings as possible have low energy lamps fitted.

 

2. Draught proofing - Doors and windows fitted with draught excluders prevent heat loss and improve the energy efficiency of the building.

3. Hot Water Cylinder - If you have a hot water tank, make sure there is plenty of insulation around it. Good insulation can make a significant difference to the rating.

4. Loft insulation - If your loft only has minimal insulation, consider increasing the thickness, the current Building Regulations require a minimum of 270 mm of mineral wool type for domestic applications. If the Assessor cannot gain access to the loft or the insulation is boarded over, it may not be possible to measure the insulation thickness and this could affect the EPC score. If possible please arrange to have a section of boarding lifted prior to the survey being undertaken. This will avoid assumptions being made.

5. Wall Insulation - If you have cavity wall insulation which has been fitted retrospectively i.e cavity injection or surface fixed to the wall, please have the paperwork available to demonstrate its installation.

6. Windows -  If your double glazed windows were fitted after 2002 and the date is not visible on the units, if you can locate it, please try and have the paperwork available to show when they were fitted. Window fitting companies should have issued you with a copy of a FENSA Certificate which details the installation date. 
 
7. Boiler information - We will try to establish the exact make and model of the gas or oil heating boiler. Where this is possible, the exact efficiency of the boiler can be established. This is likely to be higher than the software default setting for that type of boiler. Establishing the boilers details from visual inspection can be difficult, so please have any information manuals or service history available.

Other useful Energy Saving Information from our industry partners

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link to energy saving trust
Simple-Energy-Advice link
Citizens_Advice_link
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