New build homes cut bills "massively"

New build homes can cut energy bills in half because they are more energy efficient than existing buildings, according to new research.

The study carried out by the National Energy Services claims that new build homes are up to 40 per cent more energy efficient than homes built as recently as the start of the decade.

According to the research commissioned by the New Homes Marketing Board, new builds, which have been particularly affected by the downturn in the housing market, have a range of energy efficient measures in place.

Graydon Worthing, sales director for house builder Barratt West Midlands, said: "The heating systems and insulation, as well as double glazed windows on a Barratt property really do vastly cut energy consumption and are a must for buyers looking to live a greener lifestyle."

He added that they lead to "huge savings on energy bills" which could be used to pay off other bills or mortgages.

While new homes are being built to higher energy efficiency standards, the existing housing stock's energy performance is of concern to experts who stress the need to make these homes more energy efficient in order to cut carbon emissions.

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