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Gnome Truths: Social landlord turns to garden ornament for energy efficiency advice

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Communities, Housing

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A social landlord has been consulting a garden gnome on issues such as thermal retention and the complexities of critical building efficiency.

‘Reg’ is the latest recruit to join the ranks of Regenda Group, which manages over 13,000 homes across the North West.

The elfin trinket is spreading the word about the latest energy-saving technologies, efficient building materials and clever gadgets which can save tenants power and money.

The jocular whatnot has moved into an empty property in Oldham which Regenda is transforming into an eco-house as part of a regeneration project.

From the comfort of his semi-detached home, the fay froufrou has been tasked with explaining everything that is happening at the property, step-by-step, and in the sort of simple language which everyone can understand.

And his blog, ‘A Gnome To Be Proud Of’, is already creating quite a following.

So far, the puckish knickknack has reported on a special pressure test which revealed how air-tight the property was; he’s watched interior wall insulation being installed and he’s even been on the roof to see advanced solar panels being fitted.

Tracey Wilson, Regenda’s executive director business improvement, says the environmentally focused curiosity has quickly become a popular and important member of the team.

She said: “Reg is a bit of fun but this light hearted approach is helping us to get some serious messages across to our residents. His blogs explain what the latest energy-saving technologies are; how they work and just how well they are performing.

“With Reg’s help more people will get a greater understanding of the technology which will soon be finding its way into more homes. We hope Reg’s blog will also prompt a wider debate about eco-houses and how we can make them successful.”

The leprechaunic souvenir’s blog can be read at www.gnometobeproudof.com

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