Smart home systems are available as an option on selected Elan homes at Westminster Place near Chester.

AS temperatures tumble householders are being urged to make the switch to an energy efficient new home near Chester if they don’t want to be left smarting by the cost of running an older property.

Latest research by the Home Builders Federation suggests that older properties cost up to three times as much to heat than new build homes and that by moving from old to new homeowners could save an average of £629 a year.

With a new Elan home at Westminster Place buyers will have even greater power over their energy consumption as the properties can be fitted with Smart home systems enabling them to manage their heating via their smartphone or set up a heating schedule.

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, said: “In recent years we’ve seen an increase in customers’ awareness of their energy use and whereas previously it may simply have been down to cost, they are now also firmly focussed on their carbon footprint and the environmental impact. Energy Performance Certificate Ratings provide a good benchmark for buyers to compare different homes and how much they would cost to run.

“New homes like those at Westminster Place are generally more economical to run and kinder to the environment than their older equivalents as they’re well insulated, with high quality double glazing and modern efficient boilers. Plus when you factor on that we can install Smart home systems in the larger properties during the construction process, new wins hands down, particularly if you take the cost of upgrading an older property to the same standard.”

A Smart home system is an optional upgrade available on selected properties at Westminster Place, providing the very best entertainment and high-speed internet access in every room. It can also be used for high definition video distribution, CCTV, mobile device charging and extending Wi-Fi range.

Current availability at Westminster Place includes four-bedroom homes priced from £299,995.

Those who buy now could be in line for further savings on top of lower energy bills. For a limited time only Elan is offering to cover the cost of Stamp Duty on selected properties and include flooring throughout.

Accessed directly from Sandy Lane, the new homes at Westminster Place are ideally situated between Saighton and Huntington, offering village living in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, just a few miles from Chester city centre.

There are village shops and a supermarket within easy reach, while there are high street names, boutique stores and a host of dining options just 10 minutes away in the city centre.

The area is well served by well-regarded state and private schools – including Saighton C of E Primary, the independent Abbey Gate College and Huntington

Community Primary – making it a perfect place to settle down and raise a family.

For the latest availability and pricing visit the development, open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm, see or call 0845 250 8683.

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