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Homeowners switching energy firms could benefit from new efficient home - 21/05/2009

Homeowners looking to switch gas and electricity companies could be interested in news that the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) is planning a new efficient home.

The terraced home offers three bedrooms and has been designed to generate annual heating and hot water bills of only around £100, which could have a major impact on alleviating fuel poverty.

Measures such as high levels of insulation, more efficient capturing of sunlight, a more straightforward construction involving the use of prefabricated roofs and the use of solar thermal panels will all contribute to lower costs and reduced emissions.

Jim Sneddon, executive director of regeneration for the GHA, said: "Since 80 per cent of our tenants are on some kind of benefit or another any savings we can make for them will dramatically improve their life."

He added that the new housing design has been proposed in a bid to tackle the increasing problem of fuel poverty through the more effective use of domestic energy efficiency.

Energy companies have been sending out millions of energy-saving light bulbs to help customers cope with high prices.

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