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If your home has poor insulation, it'll be hard to keep the temperature just right throughout the year. When it's hot, you'll be forced to use more electricity by turning your fan on. When it's cold, your house will lose heat quickly, leaving you with no choice but to turn your heating on.

Save money

In the long run, you'll spend less on your energy bills every year. This is often at the top of people's priority lists when it comes to buying an energy efficient home.

Better for the environment

Your energy relies on electricity and electricity relies on plants. Plants have a carbon footprint. Having an energy efficient home will mean you'll use less electricity, which reduces your carbon footprint. Simple.

Home value

If you're buying a home that you think you're likely to sell in the future, then making energy efficient changes will benefit you. It could help to increase your home's value. Plus, it'll help the next owners.

So, what exactly makes our homes energy efficient? All of this comes, as standard.

1. Insulation

- Loft insulation

- Thermally insulated cavity walls

- Energy efficient thermal double glazed windows

- Noise reducing internal walls and floors

- Solid concrete insulated floor to prevent heat escape

2. Heating

- Individual thermostatic room control

- Water efficient plumbing

- Thermal insulated separating walls

- Class A condensing boiler

- Designed heating system and controls

3. Appliances and fittings

- Sustainable timber

- Energy efficient light bulbs

- Energy efficient roof lights

- Energy efficient appliances

4. Ventilation and circulation

- Ventilated dry ridge system

- Continuous ventilation for improved air circulation

- Reduced heat loss

- Insulated and draught proof external doors

- Minimised air leakage

How to check the Energy Efficiency of a home.

To check whether or not your new home is energy efficient, you can check the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). When any home is sold, whether it’s an older property or a brand new build, an EPC needs to be provided by law.

An EPC will provide estimated energy costs, so you know how much it’ll cost to keep your property heated, as well as an overview of existing features, such as the property’s insulation and heating systems.

For the purpose of the certification, your home will be rated for its energy efficiency. In total, there are 7 bands, rated from A (the best) to G (the worst). If your home has been rated poorly, this indicates that there are some improvements needed to bring it to a better energy efficient rating. The EPC will reveal what your home’s potential energy rating could be if these improvements were to be made, so you can weigh up the costs associated.