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Get onboard with energy performance ratings

If you’re looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, a great place to start is your Energy Performance Certificate.

It'll tell you how energy efficient your home is, and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). The report that comes with the certificate also recommends way to improve your rating.

They're really important because you need one if you want to sell or let your home!

So you may want to get one sooner rather than later. If you already have an Energy Performance Certificate, it’s a great idea to try and improve your rating – unless you’re already at A of course! That should help you save money and give you an edge if you want to sell or let.

Check if your home has an Energy Performance Certificate

The Energy Saving Trust recommends nine ways to boost your home’s energy performance rating. They’re based on the most common recommendations on Energy Performance Certificates. You’ll recognise some of them from other pages on this website:

  1. switch your lighting to LED 

  2. insulate your hot water cylinder 

  3. install heating controls 

  4. replace boiler with a new condensing boiler 

  5. replace single glazed windows with double glazing 

  6. install or upgrade your loft insulation 

  7. insulate your floor 

  8. install wall insulation

  9. install solar panels

Petersfield Climate Action Network has some brilliant information about how much you might save by doing this kind of retrofit work in homes of different ages.

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