Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) contain information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs, together with suggestions on how to reduce energy and save money.  They are needed whenever a property in the EU is built, sold or rented.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before marketing the property to sell or rent and in Scotland, property owners must also display the EPC in the property.

The Certificate gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

You can easily get an EPC certificate by contacting an accredited assessor in your area.  They'll be able to conduct the assessment and give you a certificate which will be valid for 10 years.

Note that you can be fined if you are marketing your property without an EPC certificate and you should be able to produce one for anyone looking to buy or rent your property.

Some properties don’t need an EPC including places of worship, temporary or listed buildings, small buildings of less than 50 square metres, industrial or agricultural buildings or buildings that are occupied for less than 4 months a year.

Compare EPCs

You can look up property EPCs free of charge by searching the property’s address or by the EPCs report reference number. 

You can opt out of the EPC register if you don’t want other people to be able to see your EPC.

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