Energy efficient homes: Why new builds help keep costs down
As the UK moves further towards a net-zero future, the sustainability of homes is in the spotlight. From lower fuel bills to cheaper house insurance, there are lots of cost benefits to energy efficient homes.
This April during Earth Week we are putting a spotlight on new homes built with energy efficiency in mind and how they can help to keep pricey energy bills down as well as reduce the carbon footprint on our planet.
Whilst homebuilders must now conform to minimum eco standards, there can be a real difference in the approaches taken by developers, so it is worth looking out for key eco features before signing on the dotted line.
Here is a list of them and how they can save you money and the environment…
Most of the money we spend on our home utility bills goes on heating so it’s no surprise that we talk a lot about the importance of having great insulation to reduce heat loss.
Around 58% of heat loss comes from the roof and walls. They are straightforward areas to insulate so long as it is well installed with no draughty gaps. Campion Homes cavity walls have a layer of high thermal insulation that will keep your heating bills low, as well as UPVC sealed double glazed windows.
Reduced water waste
Restricted-flow dual flush WCs as well as A-rated appliances like dishwashers and washing machines help you save water with little effort. Campion Homes come with the option to choose from energy efficient appliances that will help keep costs down.
Having a ‘smart home’ is more than just a trend, it can massively reduce your home’s energy consumption without having to monitor your usage. Installing smart thermostats that regulate the temperature in your home according to your daily routine mean that you avoid wasting heat when you are out.
Campion Homes are fitted with either Hive or Evohome system controllers, which allow the owner to control the heating and hot water accurately and efficiently in their homes.
Another great energy saver, smart lighting allows you to control your home lighting remotely via an app on your smartphone. Very handy if you’ve forgotten to turn off the lights before popping out. It can also be set on a time for the lights to come on only once the sun has set.
Lighting and electricity
Lighting makes up around 20% of the average UK household electricity bill, so it is worth being savvy with your lighting where you can. Having windows that let in a good amount of natural light at different times of day can reduce your need for artificial lighting, so make sure to keep this in mind when you are viewing any new home.
With details in mind, it is important that all internal lights are fitted with low energy bulbs to reduce costs and CO2 emissions. LED lights can reduce these emissions by up to 65kg a year!
Efficient homes built to last
Energy efficient homes reduce the cost of living and lowering our emissions even slightly will have a positive impact on the environment. There are so many ways to make your home more efficient and Campion new build homes in Fife come with many of these eco features already built in!
Opting for a high-quality new build home means that your home will meet or exceed the latest building standards whilst saving you money throughout the many years that they are ensured to last.
Campion Homes is there to help you every step of the way when buying your new build home. You can view our full range of developments here and you can get in touch with our team if you have any queries.