What is my home's energy rating and why do I need to know it?

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The most common time people start asking 'what is my home's energy rating?' is when they decide to move on and sell their property. This is because in order to sell your house or flat you will need to be able to show an energy performance certificate (EPC).

While a house sale usually prompts people to organise an EPC to be issued, they can be quite useful when it comes to understanding how your home is currently performing and also help you get to grips with some energy saving tips. The certificate will highlight any energy efficiency improvements that could be made, as well as how much these upgrades will cost — plus they detail how much you could save by carrying them out. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.