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Save up to £2,000 per year on your energy bills with a new Scotia Home

Whether it’s your first home or the next rung on the property ladder, one important decision that everyone faces on their home-buying journey is whether to purchase an older property or invest in a new-build home in a modern development.

While tastes and preferences will always vary, there are numerous benefits to choosing a new-build property from an established developer like Scotia Homes — more benefits that will reduce your long-term costs, offer vital peace of mind and give you more time to enjoy the important things in life.

A report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) - the representative body of the home building industry in England and Wales - found that buyers of new build properties will save an average of £2,000 in energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by more than 2 tonnes per property each year. Collectively, says the report, new build home buyers are saving over £500 million and reducing carbon emissions by over 500,000 tonnes a year.

The Energy Stats: New Build vs Old Home

New Home

Old Home

Energy Usage per year

100kwh per m2

258kwh per m2

Running costs

£1,500-£2,600 per year

£3,570 per year

Energy rating of B or above

84%

4%

Energy Usage per year

Running costs

Energy rating of B or above

New Home

100kwh per m2

£1,500-£2,600 per year

84%

Old Home

258kwh per m2

£3,570 per year

4%

Want to know more? Read on for a quick breakdown of the key features that make a new-build home by Scotia the right and energy-efficient choice, every time.

REDUCED ENERGY BILLS AND MORE…

The report – Watt a Save - analyses government data on the energy efficiency of new build and existing homes and finds that:

  • New build properties significantly reduce energy usage, with the average new build using approximately 100 kWh per m2 each year, as compared to older properties which require an average of 259kWh per m2
  • New build properties save an average of just over £2,000 per property each year, with the average annual running costs for a new build totalling £1,500 as compared to an average of £3,570 for older properties. These savings rise to £2,600 a year when looking at new build houses alone, rather than smaller properties such as flats or bungalows
  • 84% of new build homes were rated with an EPC of B or above, while less than 4% of existing dwellings reached the same standard.

HBF says: “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."

YOUR DREAM HOME AND MORE…

At Scotia, we understand the current challenges facing customers, including unpredictable and rising energy costs. A new build home in one of our developments across Scotland is built with energy efficiency firmly in mind. This means a stylish, dream home with quality specifications, modern insulation, a brand new heating system, high-spec double glazing, an A-rated gas boiler and — in some properties — solar panels as standard and air source heating. Combined, these amount to significant savings on your month-to-month energy usage and plenty of warmth and comfort in the colder months of the year.

A SAFE INVESTMENT AND MORE…

Once you’ve moved in, you’ll rest easy knowing that your new-build home is covered by a 10-year National House Building Council (NHBC) warranty policy, ensuring that all mandatory technical requirements are met in the build quality of your home. This is supplemented by a 2-year Scotia Homes warranty, covering any issue arising from error or failure during construction and completion of the home. With this comprehensive coverage and factoring support that ensures the development is kept neat and tidy, a new-build Scotia home is a safe investment — with no hidden surprises down the line or costly renovations to plan.

In addition, our homes can have an average energy efficiency rating of up to 90%* — a considerable improvement on the ratings of older properties across the country.

With rising energy costs and environmental targets to meet, choosing a new-build home is the responsible choice that helps reduce your energy bills, giving you more ‘wiggle room’ on that monthly spending budget.

*Based on Culloden West development, house type 110.

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Interested to know more about our full range of new-build, energy-efficient developments across Scotland? Visit our development page to browse the full range of available properties in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Inverness, Angus, Perth and Cairngorms National Park.

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