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Ultra low-energy home brings new year cash boost

Harry and Maureen Stevenson are starting the new year with an unexpected cash boost and it’s all down to their ground-breaking ultra-eco home!

At a time when money is tight for most people post-Christmas, the Stevensons have been told that their energy payments can be substantially reduced thanks to the cutting edge renewable heating technology in their two-bedroom bungalow.

In 2018, the couple moved into our Keyte Gardens development in Wootton Wawen, the first Passivhaus affordable homes scheme in Warwickshire.

We provided the 14 properties with the latest renewable air source heat pumps to fuel their heating and hot water, in place of a traditional boiler.  And 12 months on, the figures speak for themselves.

“We’ve been surprised our heating bills have been so low,” says retired Maureen.  “And we’ve now been told by our energy supplier that we can reduce our direct debit payments to £36 a month.  When we were renting a two bedroom house previously, we were paying £69 a month, so it’s a big saving.

“The bungalow stays lovely and warm during the day and night and we turn the heating right down.  We manage as we are but it definitely helps to save money as it means you can have a little holiday or something.”

Company Secretary, Richard Mugglestone, says: “Our vision was that Keyte Gardens would bring ultra low energy affordable homes to local people, helping to tackle fuel poverty and protect our climate.  We are delighted that residents are now reaping the benefits of these cutting edge homes.”