Top energy saving tips

February 2016

As winter continues to bite, new research from Barratt Homes shows that homeowners and renters across Yorkshire are expecting to pay on average £773 for their energy this year.

The leading local developer found that despite paying through the roof for their energy, a third of the 2,000 people surveyed said they still felt cold in their home. 

The age of a property is one of the biggest influences on a heating bill. The research showed that 80% of people estimated they could save up to £400 on their annual heating bill just by living in a more energy efficient new build home. New homes typically have energy saving features such as the latest insulation, high levels of airtightness and new double-glazing.

With this in mind, Sam Wood, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Yorkshire West, offers her top tips for energy saving in the home.

  1. Programme your heating. All new build homes come with a programmable timer and thermostat, but if your home does not have one, consider installing one. These allow you to only use energy when you want the heat to go on and to set the temperature you want in separate rooms
  2. Keep radiators clear of furniture - this increases their efficiency
  3. Draw the curtains or blinds at night and use draught-blockers for doors – this helps to reduce heat loss
  4. Consider living in a new build home, which can be up to 55% more energy efficient than an upgraded Victorian equivalent
  5. If you have a loft, consider insulation.  You could save energy by topping up the thickness of the insulation from 100mm to the recommended 270mm

To find out how you can save money on energy bills in a new build home and to understand more about how Barratt Homes help you stay warm, click here.

For more information about the Help to Buy scheme, click here.