Eco street cred for Sil­ver Hill

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ASHA ME­HTA

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

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