With the National Audit Office (NAO) predicting that energy bills will continue to rocket at a rate above-inflation for at least the next two decades*, many homeowners worry about the expense of heating their homes.
Average gas and electricity bills
For those over 65, average gas and electricity bills reached £1,356 last year – up from £669 in 2005**. It is often headline news that meeting the cost of rising heating bills is an increasing concern for retirees wanting to turn up the heating throughout the Winter months.
Compare your energy bills with ours
We all know that new homes have long claimed benefits over old in terms of energy efficiency, and we here at McCarthy & Stone are keen to show just how true this is, so we decided to put one of our own developments to the test.
We used an independent, qualified assessor to compare the energy efficiency and estimated cost of fuel bills for two properties:
- A traditional three bedroom semi-detached house built in the early 1900s
- A brand new typical one bedroom McCarthy & Stone apartment
We found that downsizing from an older property to a new build apartment could save you up to £1,400 a year in energy bills*.
The results showed that energy costs totalled an estimated £1,935 a year in the older property compared to just £521 in the new home. But not only that, the CO2 emissions from the older property were also nearly four times higher than those of the new apartment!
As we design all our developments with energy efficiency in mind, this was a great finding for us, and it really brings home how much difference having in-built features such as double glazed windows and patio doors throughout, cavity wall insulation and low energy light fittings can make.
How much could you save?
If you want to work out just how much you can save on energy bills by moving to one of our developments, check out our online Energy Savings Calculator on our Facebook Page.
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Thermal imagery comparsion
[Below: Meddins Lane thermal image]
[Above: Salmon Court thermal image]
Thermal imagery of the two properties clearly demonstrates the stark differences in energy efficiency. The blue and green colours of the McCarthy & Stone apartment illustrate low heat loss and a more energy efficient home whilst the red and yellow areas on the older property indicate significant heat loss leading to higher fuel bills.
*According to a report by the National Audit Office (November 2013)
** According to a report by Saga (January 2013)