MP opens eco-friendly ‘home of the future’ in Skelmersdale
A LOW-ENERGY, eco-friendly, ‘home of the future’ has been unveiled by West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper at the headquarters of Extreme Low Energy (ELe) in Skelmersdale.
The firm, which recently won the Energy Institute Innovation Award for its ground-breaking low-energy technologies, has installed a replica modular home in the reception area of its new headquarters, fully equipped and powered by ELe systems, and built by sustainable building company, Simply Modular Ltd.
The launch marked the official opening of ELe’s new offices after the company recently moved its base from Merseyside to Lancashire.
Mark Buchanan, founder and technical director of ELe, said: “Our ELe system is designed to be mass produced and easily installed, helping reduce fuel poverty and providing housing associations with data enabling them to monitor energy performance within their homes and aid in the cost of maintaining their properties.
“The tenant benefits from reductions in their electricity bills, whilst the housing association benefits in reduced maintenance costs.
“We believe that this is a template for the future and are currently discussing the implementation of this technology in planned projects for modular home development across the UK.”
The modular home, which opens onto a combined kitchen and lounge, with a rear double bedroom and en-suite shower room, is powered by solar panels which discharge the electricity to a battery storage system.
The company’s award-winning technologies use Ethernet cables to power a whole range of domestic and commercial appliances, which, it says, provide huge potential energy reductions of up to 70% in terms of their electricity usage.
Rosie Cooper, said: “I’m proud that such pioneering innovation is being developed here in West Lancashire.
“There’s a real housing problem across the UK and it’s important that ideas, like those being put forward by ELe, are considered as a possible solution to the housing crisis we face.”