There is a lot to take in when buying or selling your home. Something you may not think of immediately, but which is nevertheless important, is the energy label of the home that you want to buy or sell. The energy label tells you how energy-efficient a home is, compared to similar houses.
What is an energy label?
When buying a house, it is useful to know which label the house has. An energy label will instantly tell you whether a home is energy-efficient or not. The energy labels vary from class A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient). The more energy-efficient the house, the lower the energy bill and corresponding CO2 emissions. Moreover, energy-efficient houses are worth more. Therefore, an energy-efficient label (class A or B) is good news for your wallet and the environment!
Is an energy label mandatory?
If you want to sell your house, having an energy label is mandatory and the buyer must be able to consult it. If as a seller, you don’t have an energy label, you run the risk of a fine of up to EUR 400.
How do I apply for an energy label?
You can apply for an energy label at www.energielabelvoorwoningen.nl. Simply log into the government portal with your DigiD and enter the details of your home. An expert will make an assessment, after which you will receive your energy label. The costs for this are EUR 20 or so.
What measures can you take to improve your energy label rating?
When you want to improve your energy label rating, you can make various adjustments to your home. The possibilities do, of course, depend on your personal situation. Examples include:
- Installing solar panels, so that you can generate your own electricity
- Proper insulation, thus making savings on your heating bill
- Installing (triple) double glazing
- Installing a heat pump to keep your house at a comfortable temperature