AN eco house has opened in the Dearne Valley to show people how to save money on their energy bills and to give advice on being more green.

The property - which is above the Ann Rhodes Community Centre in Brampton - has undergone a “green-over” to reduce its carbon emissions and make it more energy efficient.

At the official opening, John Healey MP said, “Housing is responsible for almost a third of UK carbon emissions, making it a key area for us to tackle as part of the Dearne Valley Eco-Vision. In addition, four out of five homes that will be available in 20 years time have already been built. A key challenge therefore is to tackle the energy efficiency of the existing housing stock and this demonstrator property will help to raise awareness amongst residents and provide information and advice to local people about how they can do this.”

Funding for the property was secured in 2010 from the previous Government as part of its eco-towns and eco-developments programme to showcase energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to local people and encourage them to introduce these measures in their property. Residents from across the Dearne Valley will be able to view the property and a timetable of opening times will be advertised.  Drop- in sessions and pre-arranged group visits will be available as part of the schedule.

The house has solar panels, air-source heat pumps and methods of insulation which are aimed to help reduce running costs.