It's what most of us dream of as the icy weather grips— heating our home for as little as £5 a week. And it’s proved to be a reality for the residents who have moved into the first private housing development to reach the top level of energy efficiency.
The 53-home Loguestown Green development off the Bushmills Road in Coleraine was launched by Environment Minister Edwin Poots yesterday. The development, which was designed by Caraman Limited, has reached an A Grade in its Energy Performance Certificate assessment, the standard used to measure energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.
Designed for ‘total eco-friendly status’, the houses feature high performance insulation, triple-glazed windows, electricity-generating solar panels, wood-burning stoves and rainwater recycling facilities.
In the 18 weeks since residents moved in, gas bills have averaged out at just under £5 a week, as have electricity bills.