The homes were designed to be cost effective with electricity and heating bills less than £50 each year.

After holding Andover even for almost the whole first half, the Freshman quintet was forced to bow to a superior team yesterday afternoon by the score of 31 to 20. The schoolboys lived up to their advance notices and were clearly the best combination that has appeared at the Freshman Athletic Building this year.

"It's not just the boiler that's the problem," she claims.

"From the outset we've been clear to residents and the wider community that this is a new way of living for most people.

Testway distributed temporary electric heaters to each household to see them through Christmas as well as a £20 goodwill gesture.

"The doors have been fixed but the sunspace windows may take a little longer to put right as parts need to come from abroad."

In the first half Leekley's sensational efforts kept the Crimson abreast of their opponents until just before the close of the period. Single-handed he scored nine points, his team's entire total for the half, while the Blue quintet was garnering the same number. At this point Andover changed her tactics and resorted to long shots. Captain Mumby and Billhardt caged spectacular goals from mid-court and gave the visitors a 15 to 9 lead at half time.

"We moved into these homes because we like the idea of being eco-friendly," said Lacey, who owns her house through shared- ownership. "But we have to use a tumble dryer as the sun spaces, where we are meant to dry our clothes, don't work and after three days our clothes start to smell because they're so damp."

"Whether £20 will cover the extra bills we're having to pay or not we'll have to wait and see," said Lacey.

Lacey Potter and Rhyan Mayes moved into a new eco-home in Artists Way with their two sons, Ethan, aged four, and Finley, aged two, in the summer.

No Harvard player except Leekley stood out. When his scoring efforts were checked in the second half, the Crimson attack became futile. The visiting guards held the Freshman forwards to a single goal throughout the game, a brilliant one-hand shot by Eby. The absence of Captain Lightbourn materially weakened the team, especially after it became necessary to call upon the reserves.

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After the rest period, the all-around superiority of the Andover team, told. The individual brilliance of the schoolboy forwards interspersed with clever bits of teamwork gave the Blue a commanding lead. Mumby and Billhardt are without doubt the best pair of forwards that have opposed the Freshmen this year.

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"The number of times I've spoken to people who don't send anyone out - or do send people out but they can't fix anything - it's just ridiculous," she said.

But the one boiler, which heats all 17 homes in the Testway Housing development, has been regularly cutting out since September.

Donna Shinton, Lacey's next-door neighbour, is equally as frustrated.

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"It just gets so cold, the other day my two boys asked if they could wear scarves and gloves to keep warm."

"These homes seemed so appealing when we moved in but with everything that's gone wrong it's almost as if it just isn't worth it."

"With every new home, green or conventional, there's always some teething problems. We are trying to solve these as quickly as possible and we're sorry the residents have been affected.

"The trouble with the wood pellet boiler, in particular, has been difficult to diagnose.

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"The windows leak and are drafty while the sun spaces, which are meant to heat the homes with the sun, are freezing in the winter."

"W're sorry the residents at Hockney Green have had some problems," said Rachel Credidio, head of development for Aster Group which works for Testway.

Lacey has spent several hours on the phone to Testway trying to sort out the problems.

AN Andover family faces a chilly winter with the wood pellet boiler which heats their home constantly breaking down.