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How does Solar PV Improve Your EPC Rating?

If you are looking to make your home more energy efficient, you might have wondered ‘does solar PV improve your EPC rating?’ As the experts installing Solar Panels Gateshead residents use to make their homes more energy efficient, we are well equipped to answer this question. 


What is an EPC rating?


Before finding out if Solar PV does improve your EPC rating, let’s take a step back and find out what an EPC rating is. 


EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. In short, your EPC is a document that outlines how energy efficient your home is. 


Your EPC rating is the score that outlines the level of energy efficiency your home has. The ratings range from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). The rating system is not too dissimilar to energy efficiency ratings you may have come across when buying a new large electrical appliance like a fridge or washing machine. 


If you are looking for a more in depth definition of what an EPC is and how you can obtain one we have a handy guide for this. 


So, does Solar PV improve your EPC rating?


Improving a home’s EPC rating is all about improving its energy efficiency. 


Installing Solar PV will increase your home’s energy efficiency because it is producing its own renewable energy. It is more energy efficient to use energy generated from your own solar panels than energy that has been generated by the national grid using fossil fuels. 


As Solar PV improves your home’s energy efficiency, it is safe to say that having it installed does improve your EPC rating. In fact, a home’s EPC may suggest installing Solar PV in the recommendations section. 


The extent to which Solar PV can improve your home’s EPC rating all depends on the quality and quantity of the Solar Panels used. However, the score will definitely increase with their presence. Thrift Energy are definitely your best option if you are looking for the highest quality Solar Panels Gateshead locals can get. 


The case for installing Solar PV


If your EPC recommends that you install Solar PV, this means that you have the potential to have a home powered by environmentally friendly renewable energy. As well as saving money on your energy bills by generating your own green energy, you could actually make money too. 

It might sound too good to be true, but if you have Solar Panels that are producing more energy than you can use, you can sell this unused energy to the national grid. You can do this by registering with the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). Alternatively, you could install a solar battery to store excess energy so that you can use it later on.  


How Thrift Energy can help you to improve your EPC rating


We are expert installers of energy efficiency solutions like insulation and solar panels Gateshead homeowners rely on. Additionally, we are accomplished installers of air source heat pumps and boiler upgrades. 


All of our services allow customers to enjoy living in greener homes that cost less to run.  


If you like the sound of what we do, and want help making your home more energy efficient give us a call today on 0800 689 3415. We are always eager to help.


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