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LORNA and Dave Rayner and their chil­dren Harry, Ebony and Orla lived rent-free for a year in the low-en­ergy, hi-tech con­cept house at in Cam­bridge to give feed­back on the de­sign be­fore other homes were launched.

“In win­ter we were so warm we were sur­prised to see frost out­side,” says Lorna. “We’ve al­ways tried to lead an eco-friendly life­style while be­ing re­al­is­tic about what we can cut from our lives. It is great to live in a house that isn’t waste­ful of en­ergy.”

The fam­ily paid less than £250 for the year in en­ergy bills and are look­ing to buy a sim­i­lar low-en­ergy prop­erty. “It was such an eye-opener, even lit­tle things. For ex­am­ple, the dry­ing cup­board was in­cred­i­bly handy when you have lots of wash­ing and uses far less elec­tric­ity than a nor­mal dryer. And the veg patch in the gar­den meant the kids could see where their food came from.”

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