Higher average prices and quicker sales make early summer and spring the best times of the year to sell your house in the UK.

As human beings, we are now accustomed to reducing our carbon footprint. We can see a change in our buying habits to favour domestically produced food, reduced air miles and highly efficient vehicles.

The same holds true when it comes to home buyers. You can create a better value proposition with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, ground source heat pumps and triple or double glazing.

Research by the government backs all these facts. On top of increasing the likelihood of selling your home, you can increase the value of your home by up to 16,000 pounds by raising its EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating to a B Band from a D Band according to official statistics.

Definition of an EPC

The energy performance of your home is graded from an A to G using the Energy Performance Certificate. The certificate, which is a legal requirement that must be met by home sellers, gives potential buyers an idea of what they might need to do to get the rating improved, in addition to providing a clear insight into how efficient the house is and the running costs involved, at present.

Also worth noting is that as of April 1st 2018, landlords can no longer offering properties that have a G or F rating out to tenants legally; this effectively made the EPC as important to landlords as it is to homeowners.

Ways of Improving Your Home’s EPC Rating

Even though Energy Performance Certificates have been widely criticised owing to the home improvements they focus on, the fact that they give potential home buyers a clear idea of how much home improvements might cost, on top of potential running costs is considered to be a plus.

To put things into perspective, in the UK, a large proportion of the heat loss experienced in most post-war properties occurs through windows, walls and roofs meaning that insulation should be the first step towards making them more efficient even though ground or air heat pumps and solar panels also go a long way towards reducing your carbon footprint.

Can I Improve the EPC Rating of My Home With Energy Efficient Double Glazing?

Of the total amount of heat escaping from your home, 20 percent of it is attributed to windows, right behind leaky roofs and walls, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Regardless of whether you choose to relocate or not, you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint significantly, and earn long term gains if you have the windows replaced and double glazed glass conservatory roofs, in case you haven’t done it already.

While the latest energy efficient triple and double glazing windows get a five-star rating, partial double and single glazing variants get one or two stars in the star rating, which rates windows from 1 to 5 stars, included as part of your home’s EPC which identifies windows as a key indicator.

For instance, it’s possible to reduce costs by up to 160 pounds annually, a significant motivating factor for all buyers out there, by using double or triple glazed windows to replace single-glazed variants, in a standard 3 bedroom detached house.

The cost of making improvements, and possible savings, will be included in your home’s Energy Performance Certificate if it is not energy efficient. Any buyer looking to negotiate a lower asking price for your home can use this information to back their claims.

Home Energy Efficiency Is Gaining Prominence

Consumers are now prioritising the energy efficiency of their homes with the big 6 energy suppliers increasing their prices a number of times back in 2017 coupled with the early 2018 cold snaps.

In February 2018, 660,000 customers changed from one energy supplier to another, according to Energy UK, a trade body, just to illustrate the above claim. If only to direct the attention of UK shareholders on the consumption of energy and performance and nothing else, consider the “Beast from the East” and its sequel as well.

Should a Poor EPC Rating Be Enough for You to Cancel a Home Purchase

The trade-off between energy efficiency and popular period features is an issue for many prospective house buyers. It is however up to the buyer to decide how to proceed.

Arguably, you can still do a lot when it comes to improving a property’s energy efficiency considering the substantial difference that the addition of new windows can create even in the most problematic period homes built with solid walls.