With research showing that new homes are up to six times more energy efficient than older second hand ones – it is no wonder more and more house hunters are opting for brand new.
And with energy prices on the up, and numerous incentives to help curb the cost of moving, there has never been a better time to buy – says developer Linden Homes.
The Government has set a zero carbon target for new-build housing from 2016, making them 79 per cent cheaper to run.
And developers like Linden Homes are already taking their responsibilities seriously, ensuring that new build homes meet the current Government standards.
Giving information to existing and new customers about energy saving is also part of the company’s commitment to saving energy and easing the burden on the pockets of homebuyers.
Gareth Rondel, group corporate responsibility manager for Galliford Try – covering the Linden Homes North region said: “We take our responsibilities in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainability very seriously.”
“As part of the Government’s directive and our own responsibility towards the environment, our new homes meet with all the relevant regulations. Energy efficient new homes are well insulated and include double-glazing as standard – automatically making them cheaper to run than many older style homes.”
“All new homes are fitted with a water meter which tends to encourage people to be more water efficient. Using less hot water, coupled with the fact that new homes are more energy efficient than older homes, will mean lower bills if used properly.”
So – you’ve moved into your brand new home and are already saving money on your utility bills. But what can you as a homeowner do to be even more energy savvy and save money? *
- Turning the room thermostat down by just one degree can save around £30 a year.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs that use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs. Most new Linden Homes properties will use 75 per cent energy efficient light fittings as standard.
- Linden Homes will fully draught proof your home. Figures show a fully draught proof home could save around £55 a year. Don’t forget to keep doors closed in rooms you are using to keep the heat in.
- Turn off household appliances such as microwaves, TVs, videos, music systems, and computers when not in use, as they continue to use energy when they are left on standby.
- Defrost your fridge frequently and check the door seals.
- Boilers account for around 55 per cent of what is spent on energy bills in a year. Your new home will have a shiny new super energy efficient one.
- If you have a standard shower it will use around 40 per cent of the water required for a bath.
* energy saving trust