‘OUR FUEL BILL WAS LESS THAN £250 FOR A YEAR’
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.”