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Our new house has no fuel bills at all, in effect. It’s all-electric, as there’s no mains gas and we had no desire to fit either an oil or LPG boiler, so have no boiler at all, just a small air source heat pump. The annual electricity bill is around £350, for heating, lighting, hot water etc, but we get an income from the electricity generated and sold back to the grid from solar panels on the roof (which were installed far too late to attract the big subsidy) of around £900 a year. Adding the two together means our total fuel bill for the year is around minus £550. The profit from selling excess electricity that we can’t use ourselves pays for the telephone and "broadband" costs, with a couple of hundred pounds a year left over that goes towards the Council Tax. We don’t pay for water or foul drainage, as we have a well for water and a treatment plant for sewage.

Adding up all the costs for running the house for a year, including the money we set aside to repair and maintain the water supply and sewage system, house and contents insurance, and Council Tax, we fork out a total of around £2100 a year, with most of that being Council Tax and insurance.

Our old house was around the same size, but was built back in the early 1980s, and despite adding cavity wall insulation, more loft insulation decent double glazed doors and windows and a condensing gas combi boiler, the fuel bill used to be around £1100 a year, for gas and electricity, on a dual fuel tariff. Adding in the house and contents insurance, telephone and broadband,the water and sewage bill and the Council Tax, made our total annual house running cost there around £4,200 a year.

We now find we have nice bit of additional "holiday money" each year, just from getting rid of our fuel bill and massively reducing our water and sewage bill each year. I can also run my car for free for around half of the year, at least for local trips, because it’s usually charged up from excess solar panel electricity generation for more than half the year. That saves about another £300 a year that would otherwise have been spent on petrol.

VP you’ve put a lot of thought in to your house but when considering your needs for old age, may I ask why you didn’t build a bungalow?We’ve lived in a bungalow in the past, and hated sleeping downstairs! Not very rational, I know, but we both just prefer the idea of "going upstairs to bed".

As a secondary consideration, we had a house footprint area limitation imposed on us by the planners, as the new house is within a conservation area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so the planning policy and guidance has a strong preference for smaller footprint houses in our immediate area, and we were "encouraged" by the planning officer to keep the external footprint of the house to less than 900 sq ft, and also advised that the roof pitch needed to be at least 45 deg, as steep roof pitches were a part of the "local vernacular". Combined with a ridge height limit imposed by the planners (well, specifically the conservation officer) we ended up with more floor area downstairs than upstairs and vaulted ceilings upstairs. I like having bedrooms with 4m high ceilings, though, the added height does make those rooms feel more airy.