For the first time, in a long time, now is a good time to get on the property ladder. The introduction of the help to buy scheme has meant that housing has become much more affordable for first time buyers. Abel homes, a company that offer new houses in Norfolk state, “there is a stability in the market which we haven’t seen for some years, with steady price growth which we estimate will see rises of around four per cent in 2014”. So, if you’re one of the many people looking to buy this year, consider moving into a newer, greener home. Here’s why…
Better for the environment
The most obvious benefit of buying a green home is it’s much better for the environment. Green homes are built with the aim to have as little impact on our environment as possible, with most featuring double or triple glazing, loft and wall insulation, solar panelling and occasionally underfloor heating. Choosing to live in a home that has any of these features will significantly reduce your carbon footprint. For example, according to studies, every square meter of cavity wall insulation will save more than a tonne of CO2 over the average lifetime of a building. So as well as keeping your home nice and warm, you will be doing your part of being kind to the environment.
Green homes are designed to make use of all energy sources, therefore a greener home will also significantly reduce your spend on energy costs. This is especially beneficial with the recent announcement of the hikes in energy prices and the fact that they don’t look as though they are going to reduce any time soon. So investing in a green home will not only benefit the environment, but also your wallet.
If you chose to move into an older house, it is likely that the home will be very poorly insulated, not only meaning that your carbon footprint and energy bill will be very high but will also you will probably find yourself forking out on expensive long term solutions to insulate your home, on top of the already extortionate costs of buying a home in the first place. If you buy a newer, greener home, it will require very little or no maintenance and you can pretty much move in straight away.
For your health
As well as being good to the environment and your wallet, living in a green environment will be better for your health as well as the health of others around you as. Using less energy and reducing the amount that is lost from your home because it is so well-insulated, will mean that both air and water quality around you will improve.
Choose your own decoration
Many green housing developments are in the process of being built, so therefore if you choose to buy a house that is yet to be built, you may have the option of being able to choose certain aspects of your decoration. For example, housing developers will give the owners of the property the option to choose the flooring of their new home or how they would like their kitchen to be designed, personalising it to their own taste. One couple, who recently brought a home with Abel Homes expressed how pleased they were and easy it was to move into an energy efficient home: “We were attracted by the energy efficiency features on these new houses, as well as by the fact that we were able to choose lots of the decor, including tiles, carpets and kitchen units. All we needed to do was move in.”
By Laura Harrison
Edited by Helen Kinsella
Image sourced: Alex McGregortagsenergy efficiencygreen homes