25 Nov 2008 05:11:22
Home in hill cost £10 to heat over 12 years
A home built into a hill has sold with ease despite the economic slowdown because of its impressive energy performance.
The house in the Hockerton Housing Project near Nottingham is buried six meters underground, which allows it to capitalise on the earth's natural heat and insulation.
It also has a 19-metre conservatory to make the most of the suns rays and solar gain.
Nick White, Trudi Macagnino and their three daughters have decided to move out and received numerous offers for the building, with its energy efficiency and lower bills no doubt a big draw.
Mr White said: "Since moving in 1998, our earth-sheltered home has used less than £10 on space heating, whilst never going below 18 degrees C. Overall we only use ten per cent of the energy we used in our previous cottage and most of that we meet with wind and solar power
.a huge testimony to the insight of designers."
An Energy Saving Trust survey earlier this year revealed that homebuyers would consider paying over £3,000 more for a home which was energy efficient.http://www.hockertonhousingproject.org.uk/modules/News/Vi...