Display Energy Certificates (DEC’s) show
the actual energy usage of a building, the Operational Rating,
and help the public see the energy efficiency of a building.
This is based on the energy consumption of the building as
recorded by gas, electricity and other meters. The DEC should
be clearly displayed at all times and clearly visible to the
public. A DEC is always accompanied by an Advisory Report
that lists cost effective measures to improve the energy rating
of the building.
Display Energy Certificates are only required for buildings
with a total useful floor area over 1,000m2 that are occupied
by a public authority and institution providing a public service
to a large number of persons and therefore visited by those
persons. They are valid for one year. The accompanying Advisory
Report is valid for seven years. The requirement for Display
Energy Certificates comes into effect from 1 October 2008.
Having worked closely with several large companies and authorities
all over England and Wales for the past 12 months APT-EPC
can bring the knowledge and experience to any DEC project.
If you require advice on any area of compliance or seek general
information on DEC’s please call one our technical team
on either 07775 623464 or 07967 233836 or e-mail us at:firstname.lastname@example.org
for further advice
How much can you save by improving energy efficiency
We all think we have done enough to improve our homes, but
how many of us have? And when it comes to the crunch, just
how much can be saved and how? let’s have a look at
how much can be saved in the average home across a number
of simple and inexpensive areas of improvement.
Insulating a home is simple and essential as heat escapes
via many different ways. Windows, doors and walls are all
susceptible to heat loss, and insulating these areas effectively
can bring surprising savings in the home.
Take the popular route of cavity wall insulation; this is
relatively inexpensive these days as it is a routine procedure,
and it can save in excess of £100 in a year. Given the
purchase price, the home owner should see it pay for itself
in three years. Insulating ones loft to a greater degree is
another simple and cost effective measure, and given that
it saves around approx £100 annually for the average
house can easily recoup the initial expenditure in a couple
Fitting double glazing is often cited as an expensive method
of improving efficiency, though it can save £40 yearly,
while simply draught proofing those areas where cold spots
seem to live can see saving of over £30 and the cost
recouped in just three years.
Another accurate way of improving energy efficiency would
be undertaking a smoke pressurisation Test, this would quickly
find all areas of potential air leakage through the buildings
envelope, and this can reduce heating costs by approx 40%.
If you want to find out more about this service please contact
us now at email@example.com
All of these measures are simple and can be done quickly
and at little expense, and all add to the energy efficiency
of a home without any doubt at all.
Other energy saving advice
It is not only insulating the structure of the house that
can save money; effectively lagging a hot water tank can result
in some impressive savings, with costs recovered in just a
Improving or replacing old and outdated devices is also worthy
of consideration; a new central heating boiler, for example,
can save as much as £200 in a year and the outlay be
recovered in five years. Modern boilers are supremely efficient
and an up to date condensing combi-boiler is certainly something
one should be looking at in terms of improving the home’s
Much has been written of late regarding energy efficient
light bulbs, and much is scaremongering of a surprising nature.
The newest versions are very efficient, reach full power almost
instantly and are no more expensive than the traditional bulb;
what’s more, fitting them across the board has been
shown to save a notable amount of money, with £10 a
year cited in many quarters.
Switching appliances off stand-by, keeping doors and windows
closed and hanging heavier curtains in winter are all common
sense approaches to increasing ones energy efficiency, and
if it saves money then it must be a good thing. For very little
effort one can induce savings of a serious nature.
Alongside trying to reduce consumption one should look at
reducing your energy bills and expenditure, uSwitch.com is
one of the comparison sites which can help you make comparisons
with suppliers and often save you substantial amounts on your
gas and electric bills.
If you require individualised information related to the
energy efficiency of your property, there is no reason why
you cannot commission an Energy Performance Certificate and
follow the recommendations found within it, contact us now
for more information
We carry out hundreds of projects per year and guarantee
to be professional, reliable, helpful and very competitive;
we offer a last minute service at no extra cost, and we also
undertake weekend working both on Saturday and Sunday in order
to meet your out of hours testing requirements.
We offer a nationwide service offering a single supplier for
all of your regional offices and projects.
Most of our clients, who use us for the first time, continue
to use our services because of our
proactive consultancy and testing service. This proactive
approach has led to nationwide agreements with some of the
top UK Contractors, which allows them to benefit from even
more competitive rates.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) - Further Information
If you have any questions or queries please
don’t hesitate to contact us:
By Mobile - 07967 233836 & 0777 562 3464 (available 7am to 8pm)
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