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Are new homes more energy efficient?

Just how much more energy efficient are new build homes? In this guide, we’ll talk you through the green benefits of buying a new build property.

Half Penny Meadows development

There are plenty of benefits to buying a new build home. New builds are much more energy efficient than older properties as a result of modern building techniques, the materials used in their construction and the appliances installed. This not only means that owning a new build could save money on energy bills, but also that new homes have a reduced impact on the planet.

In this article, we’ll detail the various energy efficiency features considered in the design of our homes as well and how they help to keep energy costs down.

Heating and insulation

Older properties usually have older boilers and heating systems, and they’re often less efficient than new models. After years of usage, wear and tear is unavoidable, and this hampers the boiler or heating system’s efficiency - they have to work harder to heat up, which means they use more energy.
Lavenham lounge at Wynyard Manor

Central heating

Our new builds include central heating systems that are protected from sludge, which is one of the most common causes of boiler problems. This protection reduces the risk of breakdowns which can seriously impact the energy efficiency of your heating system.

We install boilers that are tailored to each home to maximise energy efficiency. Smaller homes include combi boilers to heat the home and the water supply and larger homes use a water tank to improve water flow throughout the property.

We also install zoned heating so, when it’s time to use the thermostat, you can control the temperature in certain areas of your home, rather than wasting energy heating rooms you’re not using.

Double glazing and trickle vents

Much like insulation helps to regulate the temperature of your home, windows are also a key factor.
Easedale lounge at Oak Park

Efficient lighting

To help cut energy bills and reduce carbon dioxide emissions without compromising on illumination and ambience, our homes are fitted with low-energy lightbulbs throughout. 

No wasted water

Restricted-flow taps are designed to stop unnecessary usage of water. They ensure that water flows softly but consistently so you get the pressure, temperature and amount you need whilst helping to bring down the water consumption in your household. Each of our homes is designed to use 125 litres of water per person per day, well below the average of 140 litres, helping to protect the planet and your pocket at the same time.
Beauford bathroom at Flying Fields

How much more energy efficient are new builds?

Building innovations and technological advancements mean that new build homes are becoming more energy efficient than ever.  According to data from the Home Builders Federation (HBF), owners of a new build could find themselves saving an average of £435 on household bills each year. For buyers of new houses, savings are even greater with an average of £555 saved per year compared to an older property. That’s the equivalent of £46 per month.

HBF data also estimates that owners of older homes spend an average of £666 per year on heating compared to £271 for those living in a new build. This equates to a 59% reduction and a saving of £395 per year. Owners of new build homes can expect to save £12 a year on lighting and £28 on hot water too.²

¹ (download the Sustainability Report for further detail)