Affordable sustainable homes key to combat rising energy bills, says Hastoe

Rural housing specialists Hastoe argue that energy efficient homes are the key to keeping fuel costs low for residents in response to new Government inquiry.
The inquiry, headed by Professor Dieter Helm, aims to sort the facts from the fiction around the rising cost of energy and will examine how the UK can keep household bills down while also meeting its climate change targets.

Commenting on the announcement, Hastoe Director of Business Development Don Barclay said: “This is a welcome review at a time when there is widespread concern about rising energy bills.

“Government statistics published at the end of last year showed that more than 2.3 million families were living in fuel poverty. Nowhere is this more concerning than in rural England, where many households rely on expensive storage heaters or oil as they are not connected to mains gas.

“For Hastoe, the answer lies in building highly energy-efficient affordable homes – helping the environment while substantially reducing fuel bills for our tenants.

“All our new homes are built to high energy efficient standards, and we are the leading provider of rural affordable Passivhaus homes in the UK, having delivered over 100 Passivhaus properties across the south of England.

“While building to these standards requires increased investment, their eco-friendly features can deliver tangible benefits to our residents. The average fuel cost for a three-bedroom house at our first Passivhaus scheme is approximately £125 per annum. This, for us, is true affordability.”