We all want to pay less for our energy.
It's also important that we try to reduce our carbon footprint.
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Taking practical, effective steps to lower energy consumption and reduce our overall carbon footprint is smart thinking — both for the planet and for household bills. From design and construction to the installation of heating and hot water systems, energy efficiency is considered at every stage of Scotia communities, and our goal is always to find new efficiencies with each development we build.
In keeping with the forward-thinking, contemporary approach that defines this development, photo-voltaic (solar) panels will also be included on the roofs of all homes.
Each panel will be 900mm x 1600mm. In general, 3 bed semi-detached properties will have 2 panels and larger homes will have 6-8 panels — all placed based on the specific position of your home and with the aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20%.
The solar PV panels on the roof absorb light and convert it into electricity. A device called an inverter, conditions the electricity so that it is suitable to use in the house.
When you use more electricity than the solar panels produce, solar energy is topped up with electricity from your supplier. If the panels are producing more than you need, the excess is exported to the grid for others to use.
These solar panels can hugely reduce your new home's reliance on the National Grid and save you money on bills each month. There are a few simple steps you can take, however, to make sure you're getting maximum value from this forward-thinking system.
Scotia developments are fitted with energy-efficient combination gas boilers and Alpha Flow Smart “Gas Saver’’ systems — harnessing boiler wastage to pre-heat cold mains water before it enters the boiler.
This results in an average of 35% less gas usage when producing hot water, and can save up to half a ton of carbon each year. Certain larger house types will also include thermal stores — which will reduce CO2 emissions significantly.
Heat is lost through the floor, walls and roof, and particularly doors and windows. Without careful design, thermal bridging lets heat escape easily, and wastes energy in heat generation.
Modern A-rated double-glazing is used, generally with solar/thermal glass, gas-filled cavities and warm-edge insulated spacer bars. This reduces heat loss and maximises solar gain. The frames are compartmented to reduce heat loss, and weather-seals provide full protection from the elements.
The basics matter too. Each home will have a simple energy-saving meter installed as standard — allowing you to see actual electricity consumption in real-time, and make adjustments as needed. This often results in 10-20% self-imposed reductions in energy usage, which keeps those bills down too.