Energy Performance Certificates Can Benefit All Homeowners Monday 26 November 2007 PDF Print Energy reports help all homeowners reduce their carbon footprint as well as saving energy and money. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is best known as a compulsory component of the HIP that empowers home buyers by giving them the ability to easily compare properties in terms of fuel bills and from a green perspective, as well as providing information about improving energy efficiency. However, few homeowners realise that they do not need to be selling their property to instruct a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) to carry an energy survey and issue an Energy Performance Certificate with the associated benefits. Tony Bright, founder of hipCENTRAL the UK’s leading Home Information Pack directory, commented: “All homeowners want to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their impact upon global warning. I have never heard anybody say otherwise. There are also the added benefits of cost savings.” It costs between £100 and £150 to get an independent energy survey carried out and the survey can easily pay for itself, if the suggested changes are made. The associated costs with some of the more expensive home improvements, such as double-glazing, may be a deterrent to some. This is because the payback periods can be unacceptably long to all but the greenest homeowners, especially when conservative estimates of future fuel costs are used. However, it is always worth checking on the Energy Saving Trusts website (www.energysavingtrust.org.uk) to find out whether there are any grants or incentives available for green home improvements. Bright added: “It is worth noting that these improvements will improve the energy rating of your home which will be reflected in the property’s Energy Performance Certificate and is likely to improve both the saleability and the asking price.” A number of Domestic Energy Assessors listed on hipCENTRAL will come back to reissue an EPC for the Home Information Pack at a significantly reduced cost when you come to sell. If you feel you are going to be selling your current property at some stage it will not cost you much more to get your energy inspection done today and you will be giving yourself more time to make the recommended improvements. -end- For more information contact: Tony Bright Founder hipCENTRAL Tel: 0845 22 66 486 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Meanwhile Media Ltd in the following categories: Home & Garden, Environment & Nature, Personal Finance, Construction & Property, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.