Category Archives: Energy Performance Certificates

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – Part 5

As of April 2012, Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) will need to collect data on the effectiveness of the property’s draught proofing when carrying out an energy inspection for the creation of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This is because the effectiveness of your external door and window seals make a significant difference to the amount…

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…

Now is the winter of our discontent…..

The first snowflakes have fallen in Rossendale, Lancashire, transforming the hills into pristine peaks of shimmering beauty. At ground level the roads have become slippery, traffic crawling along, energy assessors (DEAs)  having to cancel appointments for EPCs.  It seems it really couldn’t get any worse. So what can we do to make things better as…

The Green Deal

Last month’s announcements passed most people by, possibly because making ends meet and looking to cut costs in the run up to Christmas is much more of a priority. So what did happen then? The biggest change was that the consumer no longer has to dip into their savings to benefit from the potential benefits…

EPCs increase the saleability of your property

Energy Performance Certificate The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has never been more important to home owners.  The recent hikes in energy bills have meant that we all need to reduce our energy usage in whatever ways we can. For those of us considering buying or renting at the moment the EPC is now something which has taken…

Getting an EPC on a Lancashire property

Worried about getting an EPC? One of the most frequent questions I am asked when visiting a property to carry out an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is “What will happen if my property fails?” This is a genuine worry for many people.  Much of the housing stock in the Rossendale valley was built in the…

Saving energy, saving money

Energy Perfomance Certificate Whilst carrying out an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) for a senior citizen in Rossendale I checked the heating system which was of a good vintage. The gas boiler was probably a G rated standard non combi with the hot water being stored in a hot water cylinder. When I set my ladder…

Green energy – solar panel or photovoltaic cell

One of the key ingredients of a good holiday is the weather.  If you holiday in the UK the weather can be a bit of a lottery which is why so many more people try to chase the sun by going abroad. The sun, as we all know, provides us with heat and light. So…

Use the EPC to save you money

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) was introduced by the government in 2007 to help make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  It is now a legal requirement to provide an EPC when selling or renting a property. Making your property more energy efficient The EPC will factually state how you can…

Student lettings – the move to a rental property

You’ve found somewhere to live, now you need to make sure that you are given an EPC and an inventory.  If you are not happy with the quality of your inventory – check out a professional inventory on our website http://www.home-inspectionservices.co.uk/inventories.html – and, if your son / daughter is moving to university in Greater Manchester…