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Category Archives: Energy Professionals

The Energy-efficiency of a Property Could Become a Key Factor in Mortgages

In order to encourage improvements that will increase the energy-efficiency of properties in the UK, it has been suggested that financial gains need to be put in place. And, with plans already underway, the accuracy of mortgage lending could play an integral role in meeting these requirements. BRE, Nationwide, the Energy Saving Trust and many […]

SunEdison launches the search for #britainsbrighteststreet to Britain’s homeowners

SunEdison is on the hunt for Britain’s most solar savvy street by offering 10 years’ worth of solar generated electricity to participating neighbours in the selected street #BritainsBrightestStreet participating homeowners can save approximately 45% on their electricity bills and on top of this, SunEdison will also contribute a PV system to the community SunEdison, Inc., […]

Is First Choice EPC worth the risk?

There has been a storm of protest from both assessors and customers over the business practices of online EPC provider First Choice EPC, and complaints are said to have been made about the organisation to police and Trading Standards. According to posts on this blog, not only is the panel often failing to pay assessors […]

What to do if you think your Energy Performance Certificate is incorrect?

There are several circumstances within which you might think your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is wrong. You may have moved into a new home and found that you use much more energy than the EPC implied. These circumstances can be frustrating and you may want to seek out ways to complain. It is important that […]

Differences between the EPC heatload and Renewable Heat installer’s Heat loss Calculations

In my seven years of producing Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) I have been contacted more than once by clients telling me that the heating costs on their EPC is too high and that the EPC will put off potential buyers or tenants. But recently I have been getting calls from clients telling me that my […]

Can energy efficiency add £25K to the value of my home?

This blog explores the report released recently that claims there is a strong connection between an energy efficient home and increased property prices. You will learn about the main details of the report as well as how you can make simple changes to your home to increase the price tag on your property.

Good idea to invest in the solar PV package from IKEA?

Solar panels are expensive and the industry has been subject to quite a lull recently due to the cost and cut in feed-in-tariff. It is a serious investment to get a solar panelling system in your home, and, with the concerns over how much added value they add to your property, homeowners have been sceptical. […]

Should I choose an Independent Assessment or Green Deal?

Have you reached that point where you want to make your home more energy efficient and you have followed all the necessary steps to try an achieve this via double glazing and better loft insulation but feel like you could do more? Are you unsure of what steps to make next and which step is […]

Choosing a Green Deal Provider, what should I know?

Green Deal Providers are the professionals who help to coordinate The Green Deal Plan, a scheme that aims to improve the efficiency and eco-friendly nature of British homes. There are certain things you need to know about the service you should expect from your Green Deal Provider and this blog aims to guide you through […]

A new era for EPC accreditation bodies

Something unprecedented is now going on with some accreditation bodies. They might tell me I’m wrong, but I don’t ever recall a time when ABs stood up to defend assessors in the way that some have done over the Landmark fee increases rushed out by DCLG.

Thanks Ed ! You’ve done it to us again !

I have never made any secret of the fact that I see the Green Deal as potentially very good for the energy assessment industry, and potentially very good for the country, so I’m keen to see it work, which no doubt colours my attitude to other press coverage of it. But am I really the […]

GDA Training ‘going well’ but software unfinished

Training of ‘go early’ Green Deal assessors is going well despite some teething troubles, according to the organisation overseeing the training process, but assessors are reporting that the GDA software is still not completed, complicating training courses. Asset Skills, the sector skills council for housing, property and planning, expects the first GDAs to be trained […]

Commercial EPCs – Reading The Recommendations Report (Part 2)

In this briefing we will look at the Recommendations for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprint and energy costs contained in the Recommendations Report attached to the EPC.

Rogue EPC panels the battle continues

The battle against the rogue EPC panels which have been bringing the energy assessment industry into disrepute is still going on – though sadly with more losers than winners amongst assessors and members of the public at present.

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