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Energy Efficient Homes

An energy efficient Jones Home could save you thousands of pounds per year on your bills. In fact, the latest Watt a Save report from the Home Builders Federation in 2023 shows that brand new homes can save their owners over £2,200 a year compared to an older property.

Government statistics reveal that 85% of new builds have an EPC rating of B or better, while only 4% of older homes achieve this high energy efficiency grade. People who buy new are therefore saving over £400 million annually in energy costs and cutting carbon emissions by 500,000 tonnes – a win-win for wallets and the environment.

Pie chart showing new build vs old house energy efficiency Pie chart showing new build vs old house energy efficiency

Energy Efficiency in New Build Homes

In recent years, there has been a significant push towards energy-efficient homes to reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills for homeowners. If you’re considering a move, a new build home is a smart and environmentally friendly investment. Some of the ways new home outperform older homes include:

  • Better Insulation – Older homes often have inadequate insulation, resulting in heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer. Jones Homes include modern higher-performance insulation materials and installation techniques. This superior insulation maintains comfortable temperatures all year round, decreasing heating and cooling needs.
  • High-performance Windows – Our homes are constructed with high-performance windows with a 10-year warranty. These windows are made of materials that are better for insulation and have a higher energy efficiency rating. Slimmer frames and f features such as bay window designs, French doors and bi-fold doors let in more natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting.
  • Air-Tight Building Envelopes – New homes are constructed with an air-tight building “envelope” that prevents drafts and leaks that lead to energy loss. Each new home must pass strict air tightness tests. This process measures the amount of air leakage from a building due to uncontrolled ventilation. The goal is to maintain a consistent temperature inside the home and reduce the need for heating and cooling.
  • Energy-efficient Appliances and Lighting – When it comes to energy efficiency, much of the emphasis tends to focus on heating and insulation, but we like to look at how a home works from top to bottom. This is why Jones Homes properties are equipped as standard with energy-efficient household appliances from trusted brands such as Neff and Bosch. Heating costs fluctuate all the time, whereas savings that come from energy-efficient appliances are consistent. These appliances and lighting fixtures use less energy than their older counterparts, helping to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions. Energy-efficient appliances include refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers, while energy-efficient lighting fixtures include LED bulbs.
  • Renewable Energy Sources – Many of our new homes incorporate renewable energy sources like solar panels and electric vehicle charging points. By 2025, our homes will no longer install gas boilers. These will be replaced by low-carbon alternatives. This change is part of a UK action plan to reach carbon net zero by 2050. Renewable energy sources can help to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions even further, helping to make each new build home a step towards our collective goal.


The Beeston Exterior, Alderley Gardens The Beeston Exterior, Alderley Gardens

How We Make Our Homes More Energy Efficient

Sustainability and the environment are important to us all, and the high price of gas and electricity means that we are more focused on minimising fuel usage than ever before. At Jones Homes, we understand this and make decisions about buying and building with this in mind. We have years of experience when it comes to building quality homes to traditionally high standards, including effective and efficient heating systems, excellent double-glazed windows and doors, and wall and loft insulation that saves on energy and makes your new home cosy and highly efficient to run.  Photovoltaic (pv), also known as solar panels are fitted on many developments. The fact that our homes come with extra bedrooms or a study is also great for people who are now working from home.

To upgrade an older home to the same level of energy efficiency is not so easy. Research carried out by the Home Builders Federation in 2023 for their Get On with Living report found the cost of upgrading an older property to the same standard as a new build home could be as much as £70,000. New build homes boast better energy ratings for ongoing monthly savings. A new Jones Home is therefore the smart, efficient choice.

We’re all on a journey towards net zero, and our commitment to building sustainable and energy-efficient homes means that you can buy from us with confidence.