Our names are Janet and Martyn. We bought the house 35 years ago, when we moved to the area. We had young children at the time and didn’t do much to the house initially, apart from repairs. About 5 years ago we started to have work done to save energy and reduce the amount of water we use.
We hope that by sharing information about work we have had done on our house we can help other people find out more about it and inspire them to do something similar themselves. We had already had loft insulation done some time ago but cavity wall insulation was not possible, because the walls are solid.
We forgot to photograph the first rooms during the insulation work, so the pictures of the work in progress are of the later ones. (Once it is finished, the presence of the insulation is not so obvious.) We'll add more information as time permits.
We are also members of Greening Beeston - find out more here.
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Below are more details what has been done, both large and small.
We bought a dual-flush toilet, which we expected to help us save water. Unfortunately, it didn't function properly and water kept gradually overflowing. Click here to find out more about it, in case yours is doing the same.
MEASURES TO SAVE ENERGY AND WATER
EXISTING ENERGY-SAVING MEASURES:
EARLY WORK THAT WE HAD DONE:
- Self-closing hinges on 3 doors from the hall, to keep the heat in the rooms where we sit.
- Secondary glazing in hall, stairs and landing. (We don't know why those windows were chosen.)
- Some loft insulation.
EARLY WORK THAT WE HAD DONE:
- Improved loft insulation.
- Thermostatic vales on radiators, so that room temperatures can be controlled individually.
- Rainwater harvesting, initially for watering the garden.
- Permeable paving on part of drive and front path.
- Enhanced rainwater harvesting, for flushing toilets as well as for the garden.
- Dual flush toilet.
- Bath chosen of smaller capacity.
- Double-glazing of nearly all windows and doors, including draught-proofing.
- Radiator panels on external walls.
- For radiator under the window, a blind was fitted inside the window recess (curtains left open).
- Reduced time when central heating switched on (off 30 mins. before leaving house/going to bed).
- Toilet smell remover (to reduce time when extractor fan needed). Unfortunately seems to be no longer made.
- Radiators re-sited on internal walls, where possible (included with internal insulation).
- Heat-exchanging fans in kitchen and bathrooms.
- Internal wall insulation of 5 rooms, also ceilings and floor as appropriate (sloping ceilings not protected by loft insulation; ceilings where loft inaccessible; floor over porch etc.).
- Low energy light bulbs, with LEDs in some cases.
- Solar PV panels, to generate electricity.
- Optimiser to increase the efficiency of the solar panels.
- Compost bin for most garden rubbish, pet waste, a little paper and cardboard – used in garden.
- Wormery for kitchen waste (apart from meat or fish) – worm compost also used in garden.