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Two Rivers joins Eco-homes open weekend

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Published by Anonymous for Two Rivers Housing in Housing and also in Bill Payments, Communities, Environment, Health

Lindsay Paxton (left) of Turley Court enjoying her cosy energy efficient home Lindsay Paxton (left) of Turley Court enjoying her cosy energy efficient home

Low cost homes provider Two Rivers has joined 25 other committed eco home owners in the Forest of Dean in the Forest Eco Open Homes event over the weekend 8th and 9th September.    

Most eco-homes owners are individuals with a real passion for cutting fuel bills and protecting the planet, but Two Rivers is the only homes organisation to get involved.

The not-for-profit community group will be showcasing its eco-development of 10 family homes and apartments in Turley Court on Sunday 9th between 10am and 4pm.

The project was the first development in Gloucestershire to hit the heights of Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 when it was completed in January 2009.

The houses use almost half as much energy as a standard house and are fitted with tiles that turn sunlight into energy.

Lindsay Paxton of Turley Court has nothing but praise for her cosy home.

“I moved here when my daughter Megan was just 10months old, I was amazed at how much I started to save on my fuel bills. They were cut in half. I love living here. It’s really cosy and comfortable and I have more money to spend on the things for the kids,” she said.

The homes are also heavily insulated, have super efficient gas condensing boilers, recycle rainwater and are fitted out with bird and insect boxes to help provide homes for wildlife too.    

Transition Forest member Judith Williams said Two Rivers was showing how eco-homes could be for everyone.

“This stuff is not just for eco- enthusiasts with deep pockets and total commitment. Eco-homes really can make a massive impact for ordinary families, helping cut the cost of living and improve the quality of their lives. It’s brilliant that Two Rivers have joined us to show what can be done. It just requires the vision and a focus on putting people first,” she said.

Two Rivers has delivered over 180 new eco-homes reaching high environmental performance standards since 2008, helping local people enjoy low cost quality accommodation with the added benefit of low heating bills.

To find out more information about which other homes around the district are open to the public on 8th and 9th September, and for advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint and fuel bills log onto http://forestecoopenhomes.org.uk/.  

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