NEW ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES - from 6 April 2012
An Energy Performance Certificate must now be provided to prospective tenants. The requirement only extends to a copy of the first page of the Energy Performance Certificate. Full details at http://www.rla.org.uk/landlord/guides/epc/
To make them easier for consumers to understand, a new look Energy Performance Certificate is shorter, uses plain English throughout and has a new design and layout. See a new-look EPC - http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/2116821.pdf
From 22 April 2012 all Energy Performance Certificates are to be lodged on the national Energy Performance Certificate register and will be publicly available. This means that individuals can look up an Energy Performance Certificate online via the register allowing them to compare the energy performance of their property with that of similar buildings. This service will be available free of charge
Anyone with an Energy Performance Certificate can opt-out of having their data made publicly available at https://www.epcregister.com/opt-out/.
The Government has launched a new telephone line to give the public advice on how to save energy in their homes and businesses, run by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) with Careline Services.
As well as giving out advice on energy efficiency, it will provide information about existing government schemes such as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT), which requires energy suppliers to install free or subsidised insulation, and Warm Front, the government’s heating grant scheme.
Energy efficiency advisors will be on hand to take calls from the public on the new number of 0300 123 1234.
When the Green Deal launches in the autumn, the advice line will provide information to people wanting to learn more about the scheme.