How Energy Efficient Is Your Home?

We all know that energy efficiency is important when it comes to reducing our utility bills, let alone the environmental benefits of having a more energy efficient home. Now, new research has shown that new-build properties are much more energy efficient than their older counterparts.

This might be something you want to bear in mind if you’re planning an eco building project in London, to ensure you’re using the most efficient materials properly, as well as that your new home is designed to maximise its energy use.

A new report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) revealed that those living in new-build properties save an average of £629 per year on their energy bills, compared to people living in older houses.

The organisation cited Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data, which found that 80 per cent of new builds have an EPC rating of A or B, whereas just 2.2 per cent of existing homes meet this high standard.

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman at the HBF, commented: “Owners are saving hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills due to the modern design of their homes and the materials used to construct them.”

However, those living in older homes shouldn’t despair, as there are a number of things you could do to make your property more energy efficient and save money. According to the Energy Saving Trust, installing loft insulation in a detached house could save you £225 a year on your heating bills.

For semi-detached homes this figure is £135 a year, and for mid-terrace properties it’s £120 a year. Either way, it’s a substantial saving and given that the average cost of installation is typically under £400 regardless of the type of property you have, it won’t take long to pay for itself.