Most self builders, however, want to do more than the bare minimum. After all, unlike developers, you will be the ones who benefit from lower bills in the long term. Indeed, some self builders go on to build homes to such high levels of efficiency that they cost well under £100 a year to heat.
However far you want to go, whenever you’re thinking about reducing your running costs, it’s useful to think of the approach in terms of two sides of the coin – minimising the amount of energy your home actually needs, and then deciding how you generate that energy. Doing either in isolation is only likely to solve half of the problem. It’s pointless investing tens of thousands in a renewable heating system if it’s having to work three times as hard as it needs to. So, you need a holistic approach.
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