energy saving homes benefit families

Seven families will be experiencing the perks of energy efficient living after moving into new green homes developed by Selwood Housing.

The families, who have moved into properties in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, will be facing lower heating bills this winter while they slash their carbon footprints.

Sarah Stewart, who moved into one of the energy efficient properties, told "We're really impressed with the whole house. It's absolutely fantastic and it will definitely help with our bills.

"We haven't even had to put the boiler on yet to heat the water because there's enough hot water just from the solar panels. I can't fault our home at all - it's turned our lives around."

Selwood Housing developed three properties with two bedrooms and another four houses hosting three bedrooms.

All of the properties operate using a variety of energy efficient measures including solar panels, water butts, high standards of insulation, segregated recycling bins and composters.

Launched in October 2008, the development has cost around £900,000 to be completed and was funded by Selwood Housing and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The housing agency has announced the launch of several other similar schemes for properties in the region on its website.

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