A good way to get an indication of the likely EPC band rating of your property is to complete our free online Home Energy Check (HEC)
. If you use this tool you will be asked a number of questions about your property which are then used to generate a report. BUT please note that the Home Energy Check the report is not valid as an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and if you obtain an EPC for your property you may obtain a different rating to that given in the report.
The HEC report is intended for general guidance only and not as a substitute for the application of professional expertise. The Energy Saving Trust cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or other liability resulting from its use. The only way to be sure of the EPC banding of your property is to pay for a visit from a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) for an EPC to be produced. The downside of this is that you may need to pay for two EPCs if your property is not already a band D or better: one to find out and one after the improvements have been carried out.
Some DEAs may be prepared to create a draft report for you and then wait until the new measures have been completed before amending and submitting it – check this with your chosen DEA. If improvements are necessary your DEA should be able to advise you which of those recommended will be necessary to take your property to a band D and which will take you beyond that. The cost of an EPC varies, but is usually in the region of £50 to £100 plus VAT. You may want to request an estimate from an EPC provider before commissioning an EPC.