Improving Your EPC Ratings: Lighting

EPC Yorkshire looks at how lighting systems could be used to improve your EPC ratings

In your formative years, your parents might have chivvied you to switch off the lights after use. During the Three Day Working Week, we had films telling us to “Switch Off Something right now”. We were told that “energy sense was common sense”. Years after their original context, these are still wise words today.

Happy Birthday, Dear EPC… 10 Years Old

The EPC is ten years old this month

Where did the time go? Was it really ten years since the first Energy Performance Certificates were issued? Indeed it was, and we should have cracked open the champagne earlier this month. Shortly afterwards, the EPC consultancy industry was born. For us, this was our Year Zero Moment.

How an EPC Could Save Electricity Bills

Why taking heed of your EPC could be a catalyst to cutting your electricity bills

EPC savings image by Simez78 (via Shutterstock).

Easy Money: taking heed of your Energy Performance Certificate rating, you could save money.  Image by Simez78 (via Shutterstock).

The MEES legislation is upon us on the 01 April 2018. Saving energy by taking heed of your EPC is another form of good practice. If you are moving house or wish to refresh your property portfolio, Energy Performance Certificates are a good reference point. You can use them to save energy bills, or encourage your tenants to use less electricity.

How to Read an Energy Performance Chart

A quick guide to reading an energy performance certificate

Energy performance ratings have been part and parcel of the construction industry from surveyors to architects for the last two decades. They were introduced in 2007, alongside the long-scrapped Home Information Packs. When HIPs were abolished in May 2010, the Energy Performance Certificate component was retained.

How to Avoid Making a Mess of MEES

Are you ready for – or working towards – the MEES deadline in April 2018?

MEES house image by Mmaxer (via Shutterstock).

Are you ready? The deadline for MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) compliance is getting closer.  Image by Mmaxer (via Shutterstock).

For tenants and landlords, energy efficiency makes for good economic sense. Tenants can benefit from lower utility bills, meaning fewer trips to the meter or lower itemised bills. Landlords can benefit from more efficient appliances and cheaper maintenance costs. From the start of April 2018, private landlords will be expected to comply with MEES ratings. In other words, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.