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UK couple finds natural way to keep their home warm by covering their house in a climbing plant

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<p>A retired couple may have accidentally found the ultimate example of green energy - by covering their house in a climbing plant.</p><p>Michael and Teresa Lye did try to tame the Virginia creeper when they first moved into the home in Bromley, south east London, nearly four decades ago.</p><p>But over the years they have simply stopped trying and are now content to let it grow, asking a relative over infrequently to prune the leaves covering the windows.</p><p>The plant, also known as five-leaved ivy, is somewhat of a local attraction - with people regularly stopping to take photos.</p><p>But the pair say it has a practical purpose too - keeping the house warm in the winter.</p><p>Michael, 75, said: "We think it acts as natural insulation. </p><p>"But I'm still dreading my gas and electricity bill coming."</p><p>Teresa, 72, added: "This room is nice and warm. Go in any of the rooms - it's warm. That's why we've got a fan in here. In the winter we are toasty.</p><p>"My daughter comes up and says, 'You got the heating on?'. I say, 'No, of course we haven't got the heating on'."</p><p>The parents-of-five and grandparents-of-25 bought the semi-detached property for £24,000 in 1984.</p><p>It is located on an estate in the Downham area, which they say dates back to 1928 and was opened by royalty - who suggested the Virginia creeper.</p><p>But when the couple viewed the house decades later the plant was running amok - and had even made its way inside.</p><p>Michael, who worked in social housing, said: "A monarch opened the estate. I can't remember which one.</p><p>"And they said, 'These houses would look lovely with Virginia creeper on them'.</p><p>"So the council started to plant it on all the houses. Most people moved in and got rid of it.</p><p>"[When we viewed the house] there were some windows that were broken, and [the plant] had grown up the top passageway along the wall.</p><p>"It had actually come in the house."</p><p>Teresa said: "It had grown in one bedroom, where they [vandals] had broken the windows.</p><p>"When we viewed it, I said, 'Oh'. You walked in the room and it was right across the ceiling and down the walls.</p><p>"And they said, 'No, we're going to clear all that. We're going to paint the window, we're going to decorate'." </p><p>Pictures of the house often make their way on to community Facebook groups, where people speak fondly of the local landmark.</p><p> Michael added: "Every week, somebody will stop.</p><p>"If you watch the cars pulling up because of the lights, you can see them doing [makes photo gesture].</p><p>"As early as last week a van with two people in it - a low, flat truck - was going past slowly and the guy took a picture as he drove past.</p><p>"Then there was a lady out there the other day. I said, 'It's a pound a picture'. She said, 'What?!'. I said, 'I'm only joking, don't worry'. </p><p>"And she asked, 'Don't you get all the creepy crawlies coming in the windows?'. And I said, 'No, the wife sleeps with her mouth open so we're fine'."</p>
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