New Norfolk homes have heating bills of just £150 a year

Amy Asker in her new home. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Amy Asker in her new home. Picture: Paul Tibbs - Credit: Archant

The first tenants have moved into a development of the latest energy-efficient homes.

Think pink - a children's bedroom at the house.

Think pink - a children's bedroom at the house. - Credit: Archant

Freebridge Community Housing has handed over keys to the two Passivhaus homes in Clenchwarton, which cost just £150 a year to heat.

The homes are built to be as energy efficient as possible with good levels of insulation throughout, a design which uses the sun to help with heating, excellent levels of airtightness to stop drafts and strong ventilation to help manage the internal air quality.

Amy Asker, who is renting one of the properties, said: 'When I saw the Passivhaus home advertised I spent a lot of time looking in to how they work.

'I have always been careful at home, turning lights off and not leaving taps running, as being energy efficient is very important to me, these homes looked like the perfect next step. 'People from Freebridge came along to talk to me about my application and they were really surprised to see that I had a folder full of information on Passivhaus homes already.

'I am so pleased to have moved into my brand new house and I am actually looking forward to getting my first energy bill.'

Mrs Asker's new neighbours Nathan Godfrey and his partner Kirsty Bullock are also looking forward to living in their new home.

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Colin Davison, director of property at Freebridge, said: 'We are committed to embracing different methods of construction and offering the best solutions for efficient homes for all of our customers.

'Working in partnership with the tenants, we will be collecting data on the houses, which we will continually assess to see how energy efficient they are.

'We also continue to concentrate on making sure that the other properties we manage are as efficient and comfortable as possible.'

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