We recently wrote about changes that are being made to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES). From April 2020, you will no longer be able to continue letting your property to existing tenants if it has a rating of F or G.
That means you will have to make improvements to your property to get it up to level E or higher.
When you are assessed during the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), you will be given points for energy efficient features. Here are some ways to get more SAP points to boost your EPC rating.
Steps You Can Take to Increase Your Rating
Loft insulation is one of the cheapest and most effective types of installation, and it should be the first thing on your list. Get some insulation that is at least 270mm thick, and you can get an instant boost of up to 15 points. If you already have insulation, add some more to add a few more points.
Wall insulation is another great choice. It is a bigger job than loft installation, but it is still worth it. Cavity wall insulation can boost your rating by up to 10 points, while solid wall insulation can increase it by up to 20 points.
If you have an old boiler, consider getting a new one. This can be quite expensive, but a more energy-efficient boiler can make a big difference to your bills. A newer condensing model can help to give your rating a serious boost and can add as much as 20 points, but it depends on your current boiler’s age.
Double glazing windows are another great option. They can be expensive, but they will make a real difference, and they have other benefits like reducing noise,
You can also add insulation to your hot water cylinder if you have one. Adding insulation to your tank is very cheap and easy, and it will add on a few more points.
Renewable energy can also make a difference. For example, you could add a solar panel to give your rating a boost. However, it is quite expensive, and it may not add on as many points as other improvements.
Also consider adding LED lights throughout the property. These low energy lights can help to reduce electricity bills and can add a point or two.
Why Improve Your Rating?
If your property is rated F or G, you will need to make improvements in order to keep letting it to tenants. But even if you have an E rating or above, you can still make improvements to make it a more pleasant place to live for your tenants and help to save them money on their energy bills. Improvements could even help to increase the property’s value.
So have a look at the changes you could make, especially if your property is at the lower end of the ratings, and make your property a better place to live.