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“Watt A Save” – HBF Report

October 18, 2023

New HBF report finds that new build buyers save over £3,100 in energy bills

From 1st April 2023 the Energy Price Cap Guarantee (EPCG) will be increased from £2,500 to £3,000 and HBF have released a new report to reflect this. The ‘Watt a Save’ report, published this week by HBF has found that buyers of new build properties will save on average of £3,100 in energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by over 2.2 tonnes per property each year. Collectively, new build home buyers are saving over £500 million and reducing carbon emissions by over 500,000 tonnes a year.

The report, that analyses Government data on the energy efficiency of new build and existing homes, highlights:

  • New build properties significantly reduce energy usage, with the average new build using approximately 95 kWh per m2 each year, as compared to older properties which require an average of 252kWh per m2.
  • New build properties save an average of just over £2,500 per property each year, with the average annual running costs for a new build totalling £1,700 as compared to an average of £4,200 for older properties. These savings rise to £3,100 a year when looking at new build houses alone, rather than smaller properties such as flats or bungalows.
  • 85% of new build homes were rated with an EPC of B or above, while less than 4% of existing dwellings reached the same standard.

Despite Government action to try and keep a lid on energy prices, bills are now significantly higher than just a few months ago. While there is some comfort in the recent intervention to cap typical energy bills at £3,000, inefficient households will continue to pay more than those living in a new build.
On top of these dramatic savings, buyers of new homes are also contributing to the country’s progression towards net zero, with each new build preventing 2.2 tonnes of carbon being emitted each year.

Not only are new homes built to the most up-to-date regulations, builders are also demonstrating their commitment to go further, using new technologies and methods to ensure efficiency is embedded to the highest standard from the point of construction. The report also explores some of the most ambitious and forward-thinking examples of new homes in the industry. In contrast, owners of existing properties will often find themselves facing disruptive, extensive and costly retrofit works to bring their homes to the same standard.

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF said; “The energy crisis is highlighting starkly the efficiency benefits and costs savings provided by new build homes. Energy efficiency is increasingly a 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.”

The report can be read in full below:

Watt_a_Save_Report_Feb_2023_-_Final.pdf (hbf.co.uk)