Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living


Sustainability is about meeting the needs of current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.1

Here at Lovell, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Before the first brick is laid, the environmental, social and economic impact of every new Lovell home is measured and considered.

Once we begin construction, our environmental teams monitor nearby water sources, wildlife habitats and waste streams, whilst our Resident Liaison Officers work closely with the local community.

When a project is completed we leave behind a new community complete with energy efficient properties. Each home represents our commitment to considered, sustainable construction and greener living.

Your new home provides you with the first step towards saving money and living a healthier, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. To help you further, we have produced this brochure to give you some helpful tips on how you can save money and live more sustainably in the future.

Sustainable Homes


  • Energy efficient appliances

    Every home is well insulated and has an efficient heating system. The light bulbs we install use around 80% less electricity and last up to 8 times longer than the normal bulb and all white goods supplied are the most energy efficient available. We also install renewable energy systems such as solar photovoltaic panels, air or ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers on several of our schemes.

  • Waste Disposal

    Throughout the construction of our properties we focus on reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. We recycle materials where possible, donate spare materials to local charities and reduce the amount of overall waste produced through careful design.

  • Transport

    Our developments are often located near to public transport facilities which can help reduce the need for a car. Where possible, we also install cycle storage units.

  • Support the local community

    Our dedicated team of Resident Liaison Officers work closely with the local community to improve the community spirit. Here at Lovell we don’t just build houses, we build communities.

  • Water efficiency

    It is estimated that in the UK the ‘average’ person uses around 150 litres of water a day.2 Lovell strives to construct homes so that only 105 litres of water is used per person, per day. This saving is achieved by fitting taps, WC’s and showers that deliver excellent performance without using unnecessary water.

  • Biodiversity

    The ecological feature of every Lovell development is also considered. Through landscaping, planting schemes and creating open spaces, we help support the wildlife and biodiversity within the area. Some of our urban developments also feature innovations such as ‘brown roofs’ to encourage wildlife.

Energy bill comparison


Annual household energy spend3

  • Victorian

    + some modern improvements

    4 bed detached house

    £2,460

    3 bed semi detached

    £1,670

    4 bed mid terrace house

    £1,430

    1 bed ground floor flat

    £940

  • New build

    built to 2013 regulations

    4 bed detached house

    £1,050

    £1,410

    3 bed semi detached

    £780

    £890

    4 bed mid terrace house

    £760

    £670

    1 bed ground floor flat

    £500

    £440

  • Future

    2016 aspirations

    4 bed detached house

    £620

    £1,840

    3 bed semi detached

    £450

    £1,220

    4 bed mid terrace house

    £480

    £950

    1 bed ground floor flat

    £380

    £560

* savings compared with victorian house

Energy efficient appliances


European Energy Label

The European Energy Label shows how efficiently a product uses energy and can be found on most washing machines, fridges, freezers, dishwashers, light bulbs and televisions. It rates the appliances using a scale from dark green (most efficient) to red (least efficient). In the past the top label has always been ‘A’ but now you can find A+, A++ or A+++. The label also shows total energy consumption and provides additional information such as noise levels on washing machines. Typically choosing an A+ fridge freezer over the market average will save you around £57 in energy bills over the lifetime of the product.4

The Energy Saving Trust Recommended scheme is a voluntary scheme which shows the most energy saving appliances. This can be found on appliances like washing machines, fridges, boilers, and printers.

The Energy Star is a voluntary appliance specific label, identifying to consumers appliances that meet certain standards regarding energy efficiency. You will find the logo on office equipment such as computers, monitors, printers and fax machines.

How to save energy at home


  • Switch it off

    On average UK households spend between £45 and £80 a year powering appliances that are left on standby mode or are not in use.5 This includes goods such as broadband modems, cordless phones and digi-boxes. To resolve this, simply switch off the appliance at the wall or use a standby saver which allows you to turn all of your appliances off from standby.

    Turning the lights off when leaving a room will also minimise energy use. With lighting accounting for 7% of a typical household’s energy bill, switching off the lights could save a significant amount of money and help protect the environment.

  • Make it smaller

    Televisions can be extremely power-hungry and the larger a television is, the more energy it will consume, regardless of its energy rating. Opting for a smaller TV can therefore save energy and money. Selecting a laptop over a desktop computer can also reduce energy usage as laptops generally use 85% less electricity over the year than a desktop computer. By choosing a laptop you could save up to £16 per year.9

  • Turn it down

    Turning the thermostat down by 1oC can save around £75 and 310 kg carbon dioxide a year.6 Also, washing your clothes at 30oC rather than at higher temperatures uses around 40% less energy.7

  • Hang it up

    Hanging thicker curtains over windows and external doors prevents heat escaping from a property. This will make your home warmer and lower your energy bills.

  • Don’t fill it up

    Kettles waste a great deal of energy. By only boiling what is needed a significant amount of energy will be saved. Investing in an eco-kettle can also help save energy because they can use as much as 30% less power.8

Top Tips

How to save water


  • Turn it off

    Do you leave the tap running when you are brushing your teeth, washing your face or when you are cleaning the dishes? This can use a lot more water than you think as a running tap wastes over 6 litres of water per minute.10 By turning the tap off a great deal of water can be saved.

  • Fill it up

    Filling the dishwasher to full capacity before putting it on can save money, water and energy. It's win win all round.

  • Jump in, jump out

    Although it’s not quite as relaxing, having a quick shower rather than a bath can save a great deal of water. A bath typically uses around 80 litres of water whilst a quick shower can use as little as a third of this amount.11 If it’s a power shower be careful however because they can use as much water as a bath, so keep it short. If sacrificing a bath is not an option, the water can be re-used to water plants in the house.

  • Bin it

    Flushing away cotton balls and make-up tissues can use a significant amount of water. Why not try putting them in the bin instead?

  • Water Butts

    Just 1mm of rain falling on one square metre of a roof can fill a 1 litre bottle. By installing a water butt, this water can be saved and re-used on the garden. You can find water butts at most garden centres.

  • Pop it in the fridge

    Running water until it’s ice cool can waste a lot of water. Filling a jug and popping it in the fridge can prevent this from happening.

Top Tips

Sustainable transport


  • Plan it

    Using public transport is far more energy efficient than everyone travelling individually by car. There are many websites such as maps.google.com which can help you find the most efficient travel option.

  • Join it

    Car clubs provide access to a car without the cost and hassle of owning one. Membership gives access to vehicles within your neighbourhood at any time for as long and as little as needed. For more information visit carplus.org.uk.

  • Drive it smartly

    If driving is the only option, altering driving styles can reduce fuel consumption. By turning off your engine when stationary for long periods, shifting to a higher gear as soon as possible, driving more smoothly and at lower speeds and closing the window when driving above 60 miles, the average driver can save between £250 and £300 each year.12

  • Bike it or walk it

    Walking or cycling to work can save you money, protect the environment and improve fitness.

Top Tips

How to reduce waste


  • Upcycle it

    If you are the creative type, upcycling objects not only reduces waste but also provides a fun activity. Ideas can include using old wine bottles as lampshades or using old gloves to make finger puppets. For some inspiration why not have a look at the following websites: upcyclethat.com or boredpanda.com.

  • Reduce it

    Although it may not be as attractive, buying products with less packaging can significantly reduce the amount of waste you produce. Shopping at local farm shops can also minimise packaging waste as the produce is not generally packaged.

  • Donate it

    Charities are happy to accept any unwanted clothes, furniture, toys and other unwanted items you may have. Unwanted long-life foodstuffs are also accepted in foodbanks. By donating to charity not only is waste reduced, others benefit from it as well.

  • Bag it

    Instead of collecting plastic bags in a drawer, why not use a bag for life? With many supermarkets now charging for bags this may help save money.

  • Recycle it

    Segregating waste into recycling bins can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. If the council does not recycle everything you want, your local recycling centre should accept it.

Top Tips

Food waste facts & tips


  • Understand it

    Each year, the average household with children, throws away around £700 worth of avoidable food waste.13 One of the main reasons is that people misunderstand food labels. Best before labels refer to quality rather than food safety. If a product has gone beyond the ‘best before’ date it should be safe to eat but it may no longer be at its best. Use-by dates refer to safety, so if a product has gone beyond the use-by date do not eat it. Display until and sell by dates can be ignored as these dates are for shop staff.

  • Reuse it

    Leftovers can be used to make some great meals for the following day. For leftover recipes why not check out: lovefoodhatewaste.com.

  • Reduce it

    Cooking too much food can lead to food waste. Portion guides can help resolve this problem. For example, half a mug of uncooked rice is enough for 2 adults and 100g is about the right amount of pasta for one.

  • Store it correctly

    Following the storage instructions on the back of the packet will prolong the life of a product. For example apples go in the fridge, potatoes in a cool dark place and bread goes in the cupboard. The freezer can also help lengthen the life of your food.

  • Plan it

    Planning meals for the week and only buying the ingredients required can minimise food waste significantly.

Top Tips

Biodiversity conservation


  • Provide it

    Providing food and water sources such as birdbaths, small ponds and dishes of water can attract wildlife to your garden.

  • Leave it

    Leaving uncut lawn grasses like fescue and rye can provide meadow-like habitats for animals throughout the year.

  • Create it

    Creating shelters with log piles, stacks of firewood and piles of leaves can help protect animals from predators and the harsh climate.

Top Tips

Volunteering in the community


  • Do it

    Volunteering provides a great opportunity to create relationships and support the local community. To find out what there is near you why not check out do-it.org.uk.

  • Attend it

    The local community benefits if people show their support by visiting the local fetes and events being hosted.

  • Buy it

    By shopping locally, you will be helping the local economy.

  • Join it

    Why not support your local community by joining the various clubs on offer. To find out what there is to do near you the NHS Change4life website will give you a hand.

Lovell wishes you all the best


Lovell Homes is a multi-award winning developer of new build homes throughout the UK, with an established reputation for innovative design and construction over 40 years. We are committed to building sustainable homes, with the environment in mind.

We hope this website has provided you with some ideas on how to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle which will not only protect the environment but will save you money as well.

We hope our Sustainable Living brochure has provided you with some ideas on how to save energy at home, which will not only protect the environment but will also save you money. Want to know more? Find out about our community engagement work and the energy efficient appliances we offer in our properties.