How This All-Electric Eco Home Reduced its Owners’ Energy Bills by 75%

exterior of a modern eco self build home in Wales
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Large Victorian houses can make great family homes, but heating their rambling interiors is often a challenge. Retired couple David and Christine Wetherell from the Wirral were paying nearly £4,000 a year in energy bills for theirs. It was time to move on — and the couple were thinking big.

“Building our own home was a dream,” recalls David. “We were clear that we wanted it to be disability-friendly, light and airy, easy to clean, and as energy efficient as possible.”

Alison Wall

Alison Wall is an experienced homes journalist, and former chief sub editor of Homebuilding & Renovating. She has interviewed countless self-builders and renovators regarding their projects, and has a special interest in eco builds. She is also renovating her 1970s home and garden, and has a particular interest in making her own home greener, having recently added solar panels, an EV chargepoint and a solar battery system.