16:55 24 February 2013
Everyone wants to save on utility bills, especially with the rising costs of the energy we use daily. Solar power is a great way to combat many of these costs, but it isn’t an option for everyone.
Even if you are able to add solar energy to your home, you should still check the energy performance of your home so you can get the most out of your solar panels. Even renters may be able to save money with a few low-cost solutions. Here are seven things about energy performance certificates.
1Ratings range from A to G, with A being the best energy efficiency rating.
2Tells residents how costly the property will be for heating and lighting, in addition to carbon impact.
3Discovers the areas of energy weakness that need to be addressed.
4Shows potential energy rating if changes are made.
5This certificate is required in order to participate in the Feed-In Tariff scheme.
6Certificate is good for 10 years
7Domestic Energy Assessors conduct the surveys, in some regions real estate agents may be qualified to conduct the survey.
The good news is that even if you don’t plan to take advantage of the Feed-In Tariff scheme, or if you happen to have one of the houses which cannot support the addition of solar power, you can still use the invaluable information on one of these Energy Performance Certificates to make sure that your hard-earned money stretches further.
Keep trying to get as much power through solar as possible, but in the meantime see what recommendations the survey can give you. If you own a rental property this is essential for you as well since a decision to sell your property will require you obtain an Energy Performance Certificate. Since it’s good for ten years, it’s a worthy investment.
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