Ground-breaking Dutch eco-scheme slashes energy bills by more than half in Maldon, Essex

  • Moat leap into the future with radical net-zero energy refurbishment programme.
  • A combination of technologies creates ultra-low emitting homes which generate their own electricity
  • This ‘Energiesprong’ pilot will save 3.2 tonnes of CO2 per home per year by cutting emissions by a huge 90%
  • Residents will save hundreds of pounds a year off their energy bills

A ground-breaking Dutch energy efficiency initiative has landed in Essex which could cut tenants’ bills by well over half whilst emitting 90% less carbon. Moat have refurbished properties in Maldon using the ‘Energiesprong’ (Dutch for ‘energy leap’) gold standard of energy efficiency, the first such pilot in the South East. This revolutionary concept will also deliver huge savings for residents by vastly reducing energy bills.

The newly refurbished houses look like they’ve bulked up compared to their neighbours – that’s because they have. Moat’s refurbishment includes new insulated walls and roof panels bolted onto the existing house, which has made it about 30 centimeters bigger and taller, like an insulated tea cosy which will keep it warm all year round.

But the energy efficient technologies go far further than insulation:

  • The house is made airtight with sealed windows and doors.
  • 20 solar panels generate electricity year-round and store it in a battery in the back garden for use at night.
  • The gas boiler is replaced with a modern air-source heat pump to operate the central heating.
  • New vents circulate fresh air throughout the house.

These technologies work in synergy to create a home which conforms to the Energiesprong standard. To meet this high standard the home must generate enough clean electricity to ensure the living room is kept warm year-round whilst powering hot water and household appliances.

The houses are now as close to net-zero users of energy as possible, radically cutting carbon emissions by 90% and delivering savings of approximately 3.2 tonnes of carbon emissions per home per year:

  • If this was scaled up across Maldon in homes of the same type this could save approximately 82,000 tonnes of CO2;
  • Or in a town the size of Chelmsford 220,000 tonnes.

The pilot homes in Maldon were chosen because while they had a middling energy efficiency rating, they were particularly hard to heat and expensive for residents. They are surrounded front and back by open farmland and catch the cold North Sea wind. Prior to the refurbishment energy bills could be £2,000 a year, under this new scheme tenants will pay significantly less and homes will have an ‘A’ energy efficiency rating.

Moat have a long and successful history of tackling energy efficiency issues in their houses. They regularly win or are commended in regional and national categories at the energy efficiency awards. With this pilot they are bringing their knowledge together with European funding to give impetus to Energiesprong UK – whose aim is to spread desirable, warm homes for life across the country. In July the organisation won the prestigious Ashden award 2019 for sustainable buildings.

Moat are investing further in energy efficiency at a critical time. The Government has declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and has a target to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050. With household emissions accounting for 18% of the UK’s carbon emissions Moat’s pilot illustrates a path to a carbon neutral future.

Schemes such as this can also be used to fight fuel poverty by bringing energy bills down significantly. Furthermore warmer, more comfortable homes decrease the burden on the NHS which currently spends £1.4 billion annually on conditions caused by poor housing.