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What is a DEC and why is it important?

 

Cutting the expenses is a high priority for all those people who are tired of paying a lot of money, month after month. According to experts, utilities such as energy or household water are the ones which make them to dig deeply in their wallets. The same rule applies in the case you have a business or when it comes to those who are part of a public service organization which also needs doing some savings. But there are, however, some smart solutions and here they are the most important of them.

First important step: DEC

What is Dec, more precisely? Well, it comes from “display energy certificates” and it is a document that all the public service organizations from UK, Ireland must have.  Scotland is an exception in this case. A DEC is necessary especially in case of those buildings which are used as leisure centre, universities, colleges, council and the list may continue. In fact, a DEC is based on energy bills which are compared with other buildings which have the same characteristics. It must be renewed once in some years. But the most important part is that each DEC is accompanied by an advisory report which is used for highlighting the ways of improving the energy performances.

Some FAQs about DEC

  • How often is the DEC and the Advisory Report necessary?

Well, the size of the building influences how often people have to renew the DEC and the advisory report. For example, if the building area is between 250 m² – 1000 m², DEC and Advisory Report should be renewed once in 10 years. But if the area of the building is larger than 1000 m², the DEC should be renewed every year, whereas the Advisory Report should be renewed once in seven years.

  • There are any other conditions for getting a DEC?

Yes, there are. The first condition for those who want to get a DEC is that they need their building at least partially occupied by an organization which deals with public services. Then, the second condition is that the area which is used for public services should have at least 250 square metres. Last, but not least, the building should be visited by public (no matter if there is only a small number of persons, but these persons should visit the building frequently).

  • Can we talk about private services, when it comes to a DEC?

Yes, we can. But these private services should be planned, funded or even provided by a central or local government.

  • Is it difficult to get a DEC Energy Certificate?

No, it is simpler than you may think, due to the fact that there are companies that deal with this stuff. The only thing you have to do is to contact them, by using their e-mail address or telephone number. Then, you can schedule a meeting with the agents of such company and they will come and visit the building. But it is important to note that the representatives of a DEC company will have to survey the building, in order to find some realistic opportunities for reducing the costs of energy.

 

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