Mansion shows insulation good for expensive properties too
Some might imagine that the cost of heating a home is only the preserve of those struggling to make ends meet, but it seems those at the top end of the wealth ladder can be very conscious of the cost of energy bills too.
This has been marketed as a key selling point of a newly-built mansion in the Tranwell Woods area of Morpeth in Northumberland. The town itself may be a traditional working-class area, but Tranwell Woods is a somewhat exclusive enclave and the new red-brick property is on sale for a cool £2,749,000, the Chronicle Live reports.
Despite this, estate agency Signature has made much of the lower running costs in the home, which have been helped by the fitting of high quantities of insulation.
It's description said: "Top grade insulation and other economical finishes make this property far cheaper to run than many other mansions of this size.
"The current occupied running combined costs amount to around £7,500 per year, comprising £4,188 council tax, electric £1,000 per annum and heating (including pool) £2,000 per annum."
This commitment to keeping costs down comes even though the home is described as "without question one of the finest properties available in the north-east of England" and features 3,300 sq ft of space on its upper floor, five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a wine cellar, spa, gym and bar area - not to mention a large garden with a small orchard in it.
Of course, apart from showing that even the wealthy have budgets to work to, it also helps ensure emissions are reduced.
Earlier this month, the government produced its white paper on the housing market and raised its annual target for new home construction in England to 250,000 a year.
In keeping with its commitment to the environment, those homes will need to be energy-efficient and well-insulated. It seems that this will not just apply to the hundreds of thousands of affordable new homes ministers want to see built, but to the most exclusive of new properties out of reach of most people's wallets.