Calling all landlords! Have you checked your buy-to-let property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating lately?
Unfortunately, there have been some legal changes that might mean you’ve got some work to do (and money to spend), so you need to keep reading.
An EPC details how energy efficient a property is, recommends how to improve efficiency, and gives a general idea of associated costs.
At the moment, a rental’s EPC must be a rating of E or above as per the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and should be updated every ten years. However, the government looks set to increase this to a rating of C or above for all newly tenanted properties by 2025, and for all existing tenancies by 2028.
Sounds like a long time away, right? In actual fact, if your property is below a C, you may have some serious upgrades to do. So it’s worth getting on top of them now. Ignore it, and you’ll be facing a hefty fine.
There’s no point in doing anything inside the property unless you’ve got good glazing in place. Double glazed windows reduce energy loss. While most new buildings have them as standard, if you own an older property, you may still have single glazed windows in place.
Although one of the most expensive energy efficiency measures, it’s a good investment if you’re newly refurbishing a property and plan to hold onto it for the long term. Wall and roof insulation have a significant impact on energy efficiency and help to reduce heating bills.
An inefficient boiler is the number one culprit when it comes to a low EPC rating, so it’s worth fitting a new one to meet the EPC requirements. Good boilers can cost anywhere between £1,000 and £4,000 but will last for many years and save energy and money over time.
This is by far the quickest and easiest way to boost your energy rating by a few points. Make sure all those old halogen bulbs have been binned and switch to eco-friendly LED ones instead.
- Smart meters are a great way to understand how much energy a property is using.
- Renewable energy sources such as solar panels sound complicated, but you can get government funding to help with costs.