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    New law energy efficiency EPC

    hello all,
    I have a property whose EPC was done in 2011. It is in F band. I have read up on the new rules and I am worried as there are night storage heaters in the property and no gas central heating and that's the probable cause of such low rating.
    what options have I got to improve the rating to E. What could these heaters be changed to to improve efficiency and how much could be the approx cost.
    also as the EPC certificate is still valid do I need to do anything right now. Is there any grant available to change the night storage heaters. Please help. THANKYOU.

    #2
    Strange how all these rules (car scrappage schemes, scrappage of perfectly good but somewhat inefficient heaters) lead to the discarding of massive amounts of materials and huge energy costs for manufacture of new stuff. I doubt in most instances that counterbalances the energy savings from the new equipment -- or at least it will take many many years to do so.

    These sorts of precipitous enforced changes (as opposed to incentives for very gradual change as equipment becomes genuinely obsolete) leads to massive environmental damage. But of course there are those who profit from the schemes - middlemen, makers of new cars, EPC assessors, petrol stations to supply fuel for the EPC assessor's cars, and various politicians who get kickbacks.

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      #3
      There are other things to change than storage heaters. This is pretty pointless even from a financial view, as more efficient ones require electronics and fans to drive the heat out of the very well insulated box. These items will require expensive repairs after 8/9 years.

      If you have a hot water tank with a top mount immersion, changing this to a dual version will save about two points. Another tank jacket (on top of the existing one) will get you a point or two. Put in low energy bulbs for the test and save a further point. Will that get you up to an 'E'?

      BTW, it's only new lettings after April that are affected. For existing tenancies you have until 2020.

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        #4
        Thank you for your advice. I really appreciate it. I looked at some paperwork and a new gledhill Enmersion heater has been installed in 2011 so hoping that's got the right insulation and also has correct efficiency rating. But I will look at changing the light bulbs to make it more efficient. Thank you. Kate

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          #5
          An immersion heater has no insulation at all!

          It's the tank you need to insulate.

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            #6
            oh yeah I understand what you are saying.. I got confused between the tank and heater bit

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