What a great advance in solar technology. News just in from the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and the Leibniz Universität Hannover report that
The EPC rating has been a consideration for tenants since 2008 and, in areas where there is a lot of competition, it could have been making the difference between a quick let and the property staying on the market a little longer.
According to National Grid at lunch time on Wednesday 7th June 2017 the UK for the first time was using electricity sourced from renerable energy.
National Grid added that 50.7% of the UK energy was coming from solar, wind, hydro and wood pellet burning. If Nuclear is taken into consideration then this would take the figure up to 72.1%.
They also added that on Tuesday 6th June a tenth of the UK's power was coming from offshore wind farms, these are considered a newcomer on the energy scene, costs for installation have plummeted recently making it a new favorite by consumers.
Even our own Green Deal assessors noticed the uptake was very slow. The main green deal work coming from people seeing it as a opportunity for a new job, maybe following the solar PV fit tariff subsidy cuts!
It was too complex, with excessive paperwork, while people were also put off by interest rates of up to 10% on the loans - far more expensive than other lending, the report said. Why pay 10% when you could often get a personal loan from 4-5%
Marketing also focused on the financial benefits of installing energy-efficiency measures, rather than emphasising the comfort of having a well-insulated, energy-efficient home, which may have interested more people,
Why didnt we just copy successful scheme such as those in Germany which offered very low rate loans to get energy efficiency improvements done, such as around 2-3% loans. This means that the energy improvements could effectively be done for free as the cost of the loan and the improvements would be paid for by the energy savings themselves.
The Department for Energy spent £240m on the scheme, including £25m in loans to the Green Deal.
The Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) predominantly relate to non-domestic buildings such as shops, offices, industrial, healthcare sectors by setting a minimum energy performance standard to be implemented by April 2018. Any building falling below this standard will have to be improved before letting out to tenants. The details of the proposal, using powers within the Energy Act 2011, mean that buildings will need a minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of band E.
Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)
After consultations in 2014 it was decided that all properties would have a Minimum Energy Performance Rating of an E by April 2018. These ratings are decided by the Energy Performance Asset Rating, which scores properties on their energy efficiency. The implications of this will mean that all landlords will have to make sure that their properties meet the required standards before they can be let out. There is also a proposal to the government from the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) that the standards in the future should become progressively higher. CIBSIE's recommendation proposes that by 2023 the minimum standard should be a category D and by 2030 that should be raised again to a category C. The hope is that these measures should lead to improved building energy efficiency in the future with reduced carbon emission in line with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in which 195 countries agreed, by consensus, to the final global pact.
Low Cost Improvements
Fortunately it is possible to make low cost improvements that will help to increase the energy efficiency of your building, many of which can be found on our website. Changing from inefficient tungsten or halogen light bulbs to Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) lighting or LED can be a cost effective improvement or converting fluorescent tube lighting to even higher efficiency LED lighting is now very cost effective. Ensuring everywhere is insulated will also improve the energy efficiency rating. Other low cost ways to make sure that your building is as energy efficient as possible is to install timers for lighting and other electrics so they are not used unnecessarily; sensors also offer a similar advantage especially in areas such as corridors, basements, garages and utility rooms.
Don't forget that onsite energy generation, predominantly by cost effective solar electricity generation or solar heat capture also count towards lowering your energy consumption.
The table below shows the emission of carbon anhydrite grams of CO2 per kWh of electricity produced. This varies greatly from one country to another and depends on the mix of energy generation sources used to produce electricity.Consider the CO2 emissions from fossil fuels consumed for electricity, combined heat and power and main activity heat plants divided by the output of electricity and heat generated from fossil fuels, nuclear, hydro (excl. pumped storage), geothermal, solar and biomass. Both main activity producers and auto producers have been included in the calculation of the emissions.