Retired couple enjoy bigger home and eco living
A retired couple that moved to the county to be closer to their family have been enjoying the benefits of eco living.
Linda and John Drywood have moved to a new build home in Cheltenham which boasts several eco features including solar panels, to be closer to their two sons.
Linda, 66, said that reducing their carbon footprint was a major factor in the move and the town was a "perfect size" for the pair.
The retired teacher said: "Cheltenham is not too big. It's got a nice shopping centre. The parks are lovely and so is walking around the Cotswolds.
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"The double glazing in our home is excellent as is the insulation in our walls and loft. I'm sure it's going to make a lot of difference to our bills."
The duo moved to development Circa Cheltenham, off Tommy Taylor's Lane, and are pleased to be a short bus journey from the town centre and away from traffic noise.
Linda added: "It's not on a main road, which is important because we have a cat. There's a bus stop outside, a leisure centre, an allotment, which we use. We couldn't ask for anything more really."
Linda and John, who is 67 and a former head teacher, first moved to Cheltenham in 2000. They upped sticks from Kent to Gloucestershire, to be close to one son in Cheltenham and another in Bristol and now enjoy being close to their grandchildren too.
Their new home, a four-bedroom property with two floors, was on the market for £275,000.
The pair wanted to live in a bigger house and after taking advice from a financial adviser, let out their previous home in the town, to pay their mortgage.
The properties at Circa, built by Bloor Homes, have been built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Levels 3 and 4. They include thermal efficient materials which limit the loss of heat through walls, roof windows and doors, boilers with gas saver technology which reduce carbon emissions, integral appliances which are all A rated, taps and showers that reduce water usage and solar panels.
Linda and John are now looking to increase the number of solar panels on their roof from three to eight.