The feed-in tariff isn’t the only way to reduce your energy bills

I was asked this week to carry out an energy inspection and produce an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a local property in Rossendale.  I was told by the vendor that it was a four bedroom semi detached house.  As part of my background research before conducting the EPC,  I googled the property to have a look at the street view.  It appeared to be a fairly ordinary 1980’s semi of cavity construction.

Rossendale roof gets solar panels

Rossendale property gets new EPC

When I arrived at the property, I was delighted to find that the roof had been covered with photo-voltaic cells.  This would be the first EPC I had carried out on a property with photo-voltaics, because although more and more properties are having the panels installed it is rare for the property to be then brought to market to sell.

In this instance, the property wasn’t being sold.  The vendor wanted an EPC to see how many points difference the installation had made.  The answer was that he moved from a result of 55 to 67.  Although this is a massive improvement, the property didn’t actually change bands.  It moved from just making it into Band D to just missing the move into Band C.

The vendor was disappointed.  He was hoping his property would now be Band B at the very least.  I advised him to read the recommendations that come as part of the EPC.  Upgrading his old boiler to a modern condensing boiler would increase his rating by a further 9 points.  Increasing the insulation around his hot water cylinder and adding a thermostat to it would bring the EPC to a massive 78 points.

The property was of cavity construction but the cavity had not been retrospectively filled.  The loft of the property had only 150mm of insulation.   Getting the cavity filled, and the amount of loft insulation increased to 300mm (as per standard building regulations) would give the property the extra points it needed to be Band B.

The photovoltaics had been added to the property to take advantage of the 43p feed-in tariff rather than for green reasons.  By implementing the recommendations detailed in the EPC the vendor could also be saving money on his gas bills.


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One Response to The feed-in tariff isn’t the only way to reduce your energy bills
  1. Green energy in Rossendale
    February 1, 2012 | 2:01 pm

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