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A couple who live in Bristol have had their home completely refurbished for energy efficiency. They won more than £20,000 of home improvements in a competition run by the Great British Refurb Campaign in association with 10:10, the campaign to get individuals, companies and institutions to reduce their carbon footprints by 10% during 2010.

The improvements made to the couple’s three-bed, semi-detached Victorian home include floor insulation of 200mm, wall insulation of 150mm and 400mm insulation in the loft, as well as solar photovoltaic panels and energy monitors.

The competition received over 8000 entries, but the winning home, belonging to Will Homoky and Catherine Beswick, was chosen because of the opportunities it presented to highlight how new green technologies can reduce the carbon impact of our homes. It has been estimated that the changes to this house will cut their carbon emissions by 79% and energy use by 69%.

The solar photovoltaic panels fitted will enable the couple to produce clean electricity for themselves, but also the panels qualify for the government’s clean energy cashback scheme, which will pay them 41.3p for every unit generated.

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