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Working Green

At Charles Church we are committed to meeting Government targets to be carbon neutral by 2016.

We have a clear and practical approach to sustainability and we fully support the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes which was launched in 2006. The national code standards are an important factor in the way we build and design both our developments and our homes.

The following guide has been designed to help you become more aware of the actions you can take to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of your new home.

Living Green – Your New Home

We’d like to welcome you to your new home - one of the most energy efficient properties in the UK. Here are some of the benefits of a new home from Charles Church:

  • Significantly more wall, floor and loft insulation – new homes are already up to six times more energy efficient than older homes and can reduce energy bills by up to £500 per annum
  • Advanced double-glazing offers window and door security, keeps the heat in and unwanted visitors out
  • Low-maintenance features including uPVC windows and fascias
  • Latest technology and highly efficient heating systems including energy efficient condensing boilers
  • Latest construction techniques including many modern methods of construction and renewable energy sources, including solar panels and air-source heat pumps together with improved insulation
  • NHBC 10-year warranty and 24-hour customer care support for the first two years
  • New homes can generate over 60 per cent less CO2 emissions than older homes because of better insulation and modern building techniques, helping the environment
  • A comprehensive check at all stages of the build, including by independent bodies, assures the best quality of construction

Living Green – Your Useful Hints and Tips

Here are a few useful hints and tips to ensure you live as environmentally friendly a life as possible:

General household

  • Always fully turn off appliances as many use electricity when in standby mode
  • Move furniture away from radiators to allow heat to circulate
  • Consider replacing a desktop computer with a laptop. Did you know they use one tenth of the power?
  • Turn your Thermostat down by 1oC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and typically can save you up to £50 per year

Bathroom

  • Shower more than using the bath – on average a bath uses five times as much water as a shower, adding up to 400 litres per week
  • Try not to leave the tap running when you brush your teeth – it wastes around two litres of water every minute
  • About 30 per cent of all water used in dwellings is flushed down the toilet every day. We fit low-flush and dual flush WCs that are specifically designed to reduce the volume of water used during flushing. These systems use up to six litres less water per flush than an old fashioned toilet – saving over 16,000 litres of water per year - enough to fill 7 red telephone boxes

Kitchen

  • Regularly defrost your freezer - this will help preserve your food at the correct temperature (about -18 degrees Celsius) and help your freezer minimise energy waste
  • Turn down the temperate cycle on the washing machine to reduce energy
  • Remember to put lids on pots and pans when cooking to conserve heat
  • If appropriate, use a microwave rather than a conventional oven to reduce cooking time and save energy

Outside

  • Did you know that as much as 50 per cent of waste in the average dustbin could be composted?
  • In your new garden consider the use of drought-tolerant plants as they require less water, and utilise natural objects for decoration including rocks, stone, and gravel
  • Re-use cooking and washing up water to water plants and do so at the coolest time of the day
  • In the average second hand home, water consumption can be as high as 150 litres per person per day. In a our new homes, with our modern water saving technology consumption can be reduced by up to a third