The couple relocated from Maidenhead in Berkshire to a new build home from the Edenstone Group at St Mary’s Garden Village in Ross on Wye.
In doing so, they’ve reduced their energy bills to just a fraction of what they were paying previously – despite moving to a larger property. Plus, they can earn from any surplus solar generation they export back to the National Grid.
Michelle explained: “As recent newly-weds we wanted somewhere that would be our together, forever home. We had a tiny two-bedroom maisonette so wanted something more spacious, and closer to where my daughter lives.
“We were specifically looking for a new build for the convenience. I’d bought a new build before and liked the idea of a 10-year warranty and didn’t want to spend a lot of time on repairs that an older property was likely to need.”
They chose a three-bedroom semi-detached Chepstow style property, with a lounge at the front and a combined kitchen and dining area with French doors opening out to the rear garden.
“We liked the idea of having three bedrooms and three bathrooms – including the family bathroom, en-suite to the main bedroom and downstairs cloakroom. The Chepstow ticked all the boxed for us,” Ken added.
“The fact that it was net zero was an added bonus. We liked the idea but didn’t realise we could get something as advanced as this within our price range. It has solar panels with a battery backup. Everything is electric. We have ceramic panels in the ceiling rather than radiators and a water tank that heats up between 3am and 6am, when electricity is cheaper.”
Their home is part of Edenstone’s wider ambitions to move to net zero energy across all its developments by 2025, thereby reducing energy bills for its customers.
Along with solar panels the couple’s home also includes the Wondrwall home automation and energy management solution.
Initial indications are that the system is already outperforming average predictions, generating more energy than it consumes.
“The first month the solar panels were connected our energy bill was £20 and the last one was £50, but the weather hadn’t been so good,” Michelle explained.
“We know in the winter we’ll pay more but we don’t expect it to be more than £100 a month. On our previous property we were paying about £200 a month for gas and electricity and that was with solar panels too.”