Modular housebuilder Ilke Homes and utilities firm Octopus Energy are set to deliver homes with zero energy bills.

In a UK first, the homes, located in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, will use solar panels, an air-source heat pump and an integrated low carbon battery storage facility to provide free, clean energy around the clock, with Octopus Energy providing a bespoke tariff.

The properties are expected to save a household more than £2,000 a year on energy costs.

Ilke is already delivering a zero-carbon housing development on the site, with the house building partnership starting with two factory-built semi-detached homes that will be available for shared ownership.

Ilke plans to deliver 10,000 zero energy bills properties by 2030. The Essex homes are being delivered in partnership with Gresham House and SO Resi, and are part of a 153-home scheme, with 101 of the units being zero-carbon.

Giles Carter, chief executive of Ilke Homes, said: “The premise of this partnership is to both empower consumers, who are faced with one of the worst cost-of-living crises in decades, and demonstrate that net-zero and construction can work hand in hand.”

Greg Jackson, founder of Octopus Energy Group, said: “This breakthrough partnership debunks a long-standing myth – that cleaner energy will mean higher bills for consumers. Instead, people living in these homes won’t be paying for energy at all.”

The initial shared ownership two-bedroom zero-energy-bills properties have been built at Ilke’s factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

Image source: Ilke Homes

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