VIDEO: Rothwell home is an inspiration, says Government minister

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A Government minister says a Rothwell eco-home can be an inspiration to the whole country.

Greg Barker, a minister of state for energy and climate change, was visiting the low-energy home in Horse Fair Lane in the town today (Monday, July 8).

Energy minister Greg Barker at the Rothwell eco-homes

Energy minister Greg Barker at the Rothwell eco-homes

The house, one of only six similar eco-homes in Europe, has been designed by Velux to reduce energy consumption and keep bills low.

“This vision gives something to learn from for the rest of the country,” said Mr Barker, who earlier visited TATA Steel in Corby. “This energy-efficient home is inspirational.

“It dispels the myth that green living involves sacrifices of style, luxury or comfort.

“It’s so bright, light and airy, with high ceilings and lots of family space. It’s clearly delighting the couple and their kids who live here.”

Kettering council leader Russell Roberts said Mr Barker had been shown how new homes in the Kettering East development would be green-friendly. He added: “We are very pleased he has come along. He wants to help us.”

Mr Roberts said housing minister Mark Prisk had pledged similar support to the council.

Cllr Christopher Lamb, portfolio holder for the environment, added: “Our ambition for the future of house building in Kettering borough is that more and more homes are energy efficient.”

Nick and Laura Glazebrook are living in the house until next spring, after winning a contest to test it out.

They said the home had proved its worth during the winter months by retaining heat, but the design of the windows also meant it let in light but not heat during summer.