Green house will show Portsmouth residents how to be eco-friendly

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WITH rising energy prices, Portsmouth City Council is encouraging residents to be more green.

Portsmouth City Council has set up a house which shows different ways people in the city can be more energy-efficient.

It has also set up an easy guide to make small changes in everyday life that could save up to £1,000 a year in energy bills.

The changes range from turning the television off from the wall to getting rid of a tumble dryer.

To help residents see how easy some of the changes are, the council have transformed a two-bedroom house, in Tokar Street, Eastney, using the highest eco standards.

The changes include double-glazed windows, LED lighting and insulation.

Mark Tutton, Portsmouth City Council’s principal surveyor, said: ‘The house needed extensive work to bring it up to an acceptable standard for rental.

‘The government sets a Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating for assessing and comparing the energy and environmental performance of homes.

‘The Tokar Street rating was really low, at around 28 out of a possible 100. Now the SAP has risen to around 80.’

The house has been open for the public to view with interactive panels to show different types of savings.

Rose Storkey lives in a nearby road to the house in Tokar Street.

She tries to be green by composting and recycling as well as washing up in boiled water so the tap isn’t constantly running.

The 62-year-old said: ‘The council is right to get people to be more green. The guides and the promotion are exactly what people need because it shows how simple it is to make these small changes and yet save money.

‘I am green when I can be but some things can be expensive. But the house shows that small changes can be made. It really was an eye-opener.’