Both South Gloucestershire and Bristol City Councils have secured grant funding through the Green Deal to improve the energy efficiency of rented properties with the worst energy efficiency ratings – those with an EPC rating of E, F or G.
What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
Since 1st October 2008, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is legally required for when selling, renting or building a residential property in England and Wales. The certificate is intended to tell you how energy efficient a house is and the impact it has on the environment by using A-G ratings. It will also provide recommendations on how to improve energy performance to help identify ways to save money on your energy bills. An EPC is similar to the labels now provided with domestic appliances.
What is the Green Deal?
The Green Deal is a government initiative to help homeowners and tenants make energy saving improvements to their homes and find the best way to pay for them. Some schemes look at the tenants income and eligibly and others look at the property itself.
This new scheme was created in response to the new provision that will be legislated from April 2018 that will make it unlawful to let residential or commercial property with an EPC rating of F or G, the two lowest grades of an energy performance certificate.
Currently, South Glos and Bristol City Councils can provide funding of up to £3,000 to help with the cost of installing energy efficiency measures including:
- Boiler replacement
- Electrical heating upgrades
- Double glazing
- Conversion to gas
The grant is per property and can be taken up by individual landlords for a maximum of 10 properties, this funding is limited and ends on the 31st March 2015.
Your property will need to have an assessment carried out by Climate Energy (delivery partner of the Councils) who will undertake an EPC and make recommendations.
For more information please click on the relevant leaflet:
For more details on this article or the schemes, please call Kim at Edison Ford on 01454 316718