Energy-Efficient New Homes across the Westcountry

House hunters are looking closely at their budgets, not only for the house purchase but also the anticipated running costs with the rising cost of living. Research published by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) suggests that buyers of new build homes are saving more than £400 per household a year on their energy bills, compared to those who live in an older property.

The report which was commissioned ahead of New Homes Week 2022 found that in the year to September 2021, heating bills of a new build home cost an average of £271per year, whereas owners of older homes were spending on average £666. The data also showed that new build homeowners paid £12 less a year for lighting, and £28 less a year for hot water, compared to those in living in an older property.

Here at Cavanna Homes we are continually making improvements to the quality and efficiency of our homes. We carefully select materials for longevity, function and performance and all of our new homes are fitted with excellent wall and loft insulation and double glazing as standard.

Picture of Elm Park Show Homes

Each of the 40-new homes at our Oak Mount development in Hemyock will be served by an air source heat pump which will provide a low carbon heating alternative to gas. Heat pumps work like a fridge but in reverse, they absorb heat from the outside air and circulate it through the heating system to heat the home. Upon completion homeowners will receive a full home demo which will include advice and information about using and maintaining their air source heat pump to ensure maximum efficiency.

The 3 and 4-bedroom homes at Oak Mount are also within walking distance of the local primary school, neighbouring homes, local shop and pub, plus pupils of the Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Uffculme Secondary School can take the school bus with a collection and drop of point in the village.

In Exeter, access by bike, bus or train into the city centre has been a key selling point for homebuyers at our Equinox community. The excellent location of the homes means residents are connected to city’s cycling network, within walking distance of Pinhoe railway station andPicture of Redhayes Bridge in Exeter close by to a number of well serviced bus routes allowing them to be less reliant on their cars.

The new homes are linked to a district heating system which provides them with a sustainable and cost-effective source of heat and hot water. For home seekers interested in a 1, 2, 3 or 4-bedroom home in this well-connected location, take a look at Equinox III, our third and final phase of homes on Tithebarn Way.

On the southern outskirts of Exeter is Cavanna @ Elm Park where 8 new homes were snapped up in May by buyers drawn to the new neighbourhood. The new development, between Alphington and Exminster, has been designed to promote a sense of community and to encourage green travel. This is courtesy of a new cycling route and a bus stop which will be located on the development to ensure there is easy and convenient access into the city centre for residents.

Explore our new homes developments across the wonderful Westcountry by clicking here or call us on 01803 618688.

To read the full report published by the Home Builders Federation, visit