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What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a record of a home energy audit carried out by a trained assessor. By entering information about the physical characteristics of your home into Standard Assessment Software (SAP), an assessor is able to calculate an energy efficiency rating from 0 to 100. The higher the score, the more efficient your home.

In addition to the current energy efficient rating, the EPC provides recommendations for cost-effective measures that could be installed to improve the efficiency of your home and the impact they would have on your fuel bill.

By law, an EPC assessment must be conducted when a property is built and anytime it is bought or sold thereafter, though once an EPC assessment is done it is valid for 10 years. EPC assessments may also be a requirement of government backed energy efficiency and renewables schemes (e.g. Feed-in Tariffs). 

What information does an EPC provide? What is an EPC        

An EPC provides useful information about your home such as: 

  • current and potential energy rating
  • wall, floor and loft insulation
  • primary and secondary heating fuel
  • boiler efficiency
  • estimated space heating, water heating and electricity consumption (kWh)
  • estimated fuel bill
  • estimated CO2 emissions
  • prioritised recommendation for improving the efficiency of your home

Where can you find your EPC?

You can retrieve a copy of your EPC from the Scottish EPC register.

To download your EPC, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the EPC register and click 'Search EPC by Postcode' under the Search EPC tab.
  2. Read and accept the terms and conditions.
  3. Uncheck the non-domestic tick box and enter your postcode into the box provided.
  4. Click search and select the link on the returned list that matches your address.
Please note, EPC assessments came into force in 2006 for new buildings and 2009 for existing buildings. Therefore, if your search does not return any addresses matching yours, then it is possible your home has never had an EPC done, though not all valid EPCs are on the register.

 

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Now that you have a better understanding of the efficiency of your home, continue your energy saving journey by using our web map to compare your home to the average home in your area.