NEW build buyers can not only keep their energy bills down but can also help save the planet, according to a report.
And the findings have been warmly welcomed by a leading North East housebuilder which prides itself on creating properties which confirm the findings outlined by the Home Builders Federation.
The Watt a Save report revealed that those who buy new build houses can save on average around £2600 a year on their energy bills – a massive saving at a time when many people are facing huge price rises.
Energy efficiency is now a major consideration for anyone buying a new home in the UK according to the HBF’s report, particularly in the wake of the recent spate of price hikes.
Government data which compares the energy efficiency of new homes and existing builds also confirms these findings, highlighting that new builds that 84 per cent of new builds have an EPC rating of B or above – compared to just four per cent of existing houses of the same type.
Aisling Ramshaw, Region Sales Director for Miller Homes in the North East, believes the report destroys all of the myths around new build homes.
“There are a number of misconceptions about buying new build properties and this report not only blows them out of the water, but it also confirms one of many considerable benefits of purchasing from new,” she said.
“A new home gives the owner the opportunity to inject their personality and make it their own as well as being able to save on energy which is so vital to everyone at the moment.”
At the same time new builds also help reduce carbon emissions by more than two tonnes per property per year – making a significant contribution to the UK’s target of becoming net zero.
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF, said: “The energy crisis is highlighting starkly the efficiency benefits and cost savings provided by new build homes.
“Energy efficiency is a growing priority for house hunters and the financial savings clearly demonstrate why. In the face of the cost-of-living crisis we now need lenders to take these savings into account so that consumers can benefit further through cheaper mortgages.”
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