Eco street cred for Silver Hill
RESIDENTS of a modest terraced street in Peterborough are living in one of the most energy efficient in the country.
According to a new survey, the mix of about 30 eco-friendly flats and three-storey houses in Silver Hill, Hampton, is the third best energy user in the country.
The street scored a B grade in the nationwide survey by energy giant E.ON and university researchers.
Some of the measures that came in for praise in Hampton included wall, floor and loft insulation, airtightness, efficient heating and water systems and double-glazed windows.
And the green findings have sparked surprise by householders in the street.
Gina Becconsall (45), is a mumof-five, who moved into a three-storey house in Silver Hill with her family almost five years ago.
She said: “I know the house has an energy rating of 90, or 90 per cent efficient, and we have loft insulation and energy-saving appliances, but I am really surprised to find our street is one of the most eco-efficient.”
Neighbour Josephine Blanchard (40), a mother-of-two, said: “I think it’s important to be energy efficient and my youngest learns about it at school.
“I am quite surprised it is the third most energy efficient street in the UK though.”
Now residents are being urged to take action to ensure their street secures an A grade in the next survey.
Dr Hasim Altan, lecturer in sustainable living at the University of Sheffield, worked with E.ON to rank typical housing types and twin them with UK addresses according to their energy and money-saving qualities.
He said: “In order to bring these properties up to an A or A*’ rating, residents could consider additional measures or upgrading existing standards, such as increasing the level of insulation or making more use of renewables.
“Users should be more conscious about the energy use in their homes as well as the way they use energy in general.”
Operations manager at Peterborough Environment City Trust, Rachel Huxley, said: “We think it’s fantastic that a street in Peterborough has exemplified best practice in terms of energy efficiency.
“It’s great Peterborough is up there and has demonstrated that its claim of being the environment capital is valid.”
Homes across the country were ranked from A* to G based on their green features. Great Bow Yard in Langport, Somerset, clinched the top spot, with other energy efficient streets being found in Lancaster, Bradford and Sheffield.
green street: Silver Hill, in Hampton, has been named as one of the most energy efficient in the country
sUrPrIse: Gina Becconsall who has lived in Silver Hill for five years