Energy efficiency of our new homes

Why is having an energy-efficient home important?

Having an energy-efficient home is important for a few reasons:

  • Cost savings: As energy prices increase over time, the cost savings from having a more efficient home can become even more significant. A home that uses less energy will lower utility bills, which can help offset the impact of rising energy prices.

  • Comfort: A well-insulated and energy-efficient home will typically be more comfortable to live in, with fewer drafts and more consistent temperatures.

  • Environmental impact: An energy-efficient home will have a smaller carbon footprint and use fewer non-renewable energy resources, reducing its environmental impact.

  • Property value: An energy-efficient home may attract potential buyers, offering long-term cost savings and improved comfort.

Are homes that are newly built more energy efficient?

New build homes are consistently rated with much higher EPCs than existing dwellings, according to a report by the House Builders Federation.  For homes registered in the year to December 2022, 85% of new builds were rated A or B for energy efficiency, while under 4% of existing dwellings reached the same standards.

In contrast, 51% of existing dwellings were rated D or lower, compared to less than 5% of new builds. All brand-new Homemade Homes by Accent properties will have an energy efficiency rating of at least B.

What potential savings could I make on my utility bills?

Looking at the average cost per kWh of gas and electricity combined, based on the prices set by the Government’s Energy Price Guarantee for bills from October 2022, the bills and savings that new-build homeowners will see each year are vast

* All information was sourced from a House Builders Federation report dated February 2023. You can read the full report here.