When selling your home, you need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This provides an overview of the energy efficiency rating of your home. But obtaining an EPC shouldn’t be the only reason to make your home as energy efficient as possible. The following reasons are also valid:
- An energy-efficient house has lower energy bills, which is appealing to buyers
- In a competitive market, improving energy efficiency can differentiate your property from others
- An increasing number of people make decisions based on energy efficiency, so you’ll attract more buyers
- Improving your energy-efficiency rating can add to the value of your home
There are numerous ways to improve the energy efficiency in your home. The more expensive ones include replacing your boiler or installing double-glazed windows. If you have the budget to make these changes, it’s worth doing so, as they significantly enhance your EPC rating.
But here are some ways you can upgrade your energy efficiency at an affordable price.
Install cavity wall or loft insulation
A lot of heat is lost through your roof or exterior walls, so install insulation to retain the heat. These insulation solutions not only improve your EPC rating, but also lower energy bills – a great bonus.
Swap your light bulbs
Everybody should be making the switch to energy efficient lightbulbs by now. Not only do they use less electricity, they last longer as well.
Lag your pipes
Whether your buy lagging pipes or you insulate with other materials, keeping your pipes warm reduces the amount of energy you use to heat your house.
See what your EPC says
If you have an EPC in place, you’ll see it provides you with tips on how to improve the energy efficiency in your home. This is a good place to start, as these tips are particular to your home, and will help you improve your score.
If you’re looking to sell your home, improving the energy efficiency is smart, and we can help you with this process. If you’d like to book a valuation, please get in touch.