A GOLCAR woman has won a solar water heating system.
Joanna Quayle won the prize for her house at Banks Road in a competition held as part of a drive to encourage more homes to fit solar water heating systems.
The Simply Solar scheme provides free advice about solar energy technology, details about accredited installers and information on prices and access to grants.
It is being run across Kirklees and Calderdale by the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre with funding from both local authorities.
Mrs Quayle was congratulated by Robert Clark, renewable energy officer for Kirklees Council, and Philippa Reynolds, business development manager of Kirklees Energy Services.
Ms Reynolds said householders wanting to fit solar heating systems could be eligible for a grant worth £500 from the Government's £10m Clear Skies initiative to make solar hot water heating system affordable and more cost-effective.
Ms Reynolds said that harnessing energy from the sun via solar panels could provide homes with hot water and cut energy bills - while benefiting the environment.
She said: "Annually, a system will provide over 50% of the hot water needs of an average size household and nearly all the hot water in the summer - saving up to £120 a year on your fuel bill.
"Contrary to popular belief, even on a dull day there is sufficient sunlight to successfully power a solar hot water system."
The Energy Efficiency Advice Centre can be contacted on free phone 0800 052 7496 or e-mail www.energy-help.org.uk