New Lincolnshire homes use third of the energy of those built 30 years ago
A cluster of new homes near Lincoln will need just a third of the energy used by houses built in the 1980s, according to their developer.
Properties in Roman Fields, in Witham St Hughs, boast a raft of efficiency and water-saving features.
Construction firm Taylor Wimpey says new owners can therefore make "big savings" on utility bills while also being kinder to the environment.
Dozens of two, three and four-bedroom homes have been built off Juniper Way.
They are part of a new wave of properties built by Taylor Wimpey in Lincolnshire that all have eco-friendly features.
Dominic Harman, managing director of Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, said: "All of our customers will find that it makes perfect economic sense to choose a brand new Taylor Wimpey home, thanks to the wide range of measures built in to every single one of our properties which help to reduce both energy and water consumption costs."
The new homes include high-efficiency boilers and central heating systems, low-energy lighting and appliances, as well as some of the latest double glazing and insulation.
Taylor Wimpey says the homes require around 20 per cent of the energy needed to heat a similar type of property from the 1930s, and around 30 per cent of the overall energy needs of equivalents from the 1980s.
Water-saving features include dual-flush toilets, which use two different levels of water, and flow-restricted taps and shower heads.
Roger Griffiths, technical director of Lincoln-based environmental consultancy Delta-Simons, said architects and developers were pushing the boundaries when it came to delivering energy-efficient homes.
He added this in turn was backed up by increasingly stringent building regulations and the Code for Sustainable Homes, plus the UK's commitment to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming.
He said: "With a target of zero carbon new homes from 2016, this commitment towards energy efficiency is here to stay which is great for homeowners in a climate of ever increasing energy bills."
There are 112 homes being built at Roman Fields.
Work is ongoing and the first homes were completed in late 2011.
Taylor Wimpey's other developments in Lincolnshire are Isaac's Place, in Grantham, Pilgrims Chase, in Spalding, and Oak Springs, in Bourne.
The developer has also built houses across the East Midlands – all with measures designed to help people make savings on their gas and electricity bills while reducing their carbon footprints.
Properties are being built in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
Taylor Wimpey UK, part of Taylor Wimpey plc, is one of the largest residential developers in the UK.
The company has 24 regional offices across England, Scotland and Wales and builds around 10,000 homes a year.