A family is to help show people how to cut back on energy and water bills by living in a 1950s- built house which has been made more eco-friendly.
The Woolley family has just moved into the property on Harborough’s Southern Estate and they are now experimenting with various modifications and lifestyle changes.
Sustainable Harborough recruited the family to help show how people all over the district can reduce household emissions and reduce energy and water bills.
The semi-detached house now has extra insulation, better heating controls, solar panels, low-energy appliances and water-saving devices on taps and in the toilets.
Other than this, it is very much a regular house on the Southern Estate.
The project is the first to be launched by Sustainable Harborough.
It is being supported by Seven Locks Housing, Harborough District Council, De Montfort University, Severn Trent Water and Transition Town Market Harborough.
The plan is that the family will be able to demonstrate how communities can collectively make a real difference to the sustainability of a market town.
Mum Ann-Marie Woolley and her two children are now settling into their new home.
She said: “We can’t believe how much we are learning already.
“Everyone knows they can do more to save energy and water but it is not until you make the changes first-hand that you really understand how easy it can be and how it makes sense financially as well.
“We’re really interested to see how much we’re going to save each week.”
The Eco Home has been made possible through a combination of Lottery funding and financial or in-kind investment from Seven Locks, the district council, De Montfort and Transition Town.
Sustainable Harborough is also organising an energy and water workshop at Market Harborough Methodist Youth Centre between 10am and midday next Thursday at which people can find out more about how to save on water and energy at home.
Anyone wishing to attend the event should register in advance by calling Sustainable Harborough on 01858 466207 or by emailing jsharman@ ruralcc.org.uk.
It will also be holding a Local Food Forum meeting which will enable people to network with other organisations, businesses, groups and individuals with an interest in local food.
There will also be workshop activities where people can make a contribution toward the local food plan for Harborough.
The event is being held at the Conference Centre at Harborough’s Three Swans Hotel at 7pm on Tuesday.
To book a place at the meeting call the Sustainable Harborough team or email Mr Sharman.