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Aylesbury, Chearsley, Turnip Close

House Summary

Keith and Beryl Wright

House Type:
1960s detached, cavity wall

  • water saving devices
  • wood stove
  • Chearsley SH – Air Source Heat Pump
  • solar pv
  • air source heat pump

Measures installed:

  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Draught-proofing
  • Heat Pump (Air Source)
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Water Saving Devices

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What visitors are saying

"Fantastic hosts - offering a warm welcome (and a cup of tea) on a very cold day. The tour took in the air source heat pump, PV, wood stove and the garden which is put to good use growing edibles."

Personal story:

I first realised I needed to do something some years ago when I had a Land Rover Discovery and filled it up with petrol. The bill came to £108 even though the tank wasn’t empty; I thought this is ludicrous so I got rid of it. My grandchildren call me eco granddad and I try to do whatever I can to save energy and be more environmental. I now drive a Ford Fusion which has low emissions and is cheap to run.


I just thought I should do something. We have a wonderful south facing roof so, about seven years ago, it seemed logical to install a solar PV system.

Key changes made:

  • Double glazed windows installed throughout
  • Loft insulation: topped up to about 300mm. Part of the roof can’t be reached internally so this is uninsulated
  • Condensing boiler running on Calor Gas installed as a package with 300 litre pressurised water cylinder and air source heat pump
  • Solar thermal tubes installed in about 2010. Tubes were chosen because of the efficiency they offered over panels
  • 6kWp+ solar PV system. The first measure to be installed. The initially system was installed on the main roof. This proved so successful that a second system was installed on a second roof that runs parallel to the first, both are south facing
  • Low energy lighting throughout (CFLs)
  • Low energy appliances throughout
  • Water saving devices: 5 water butts (1000 litre) fed with rainwater from roof
  • Wood burning stove
  • Thermostats installed on radiators. Some radiators have been doubled up for greater efficiency
  • The cavity walls have not been insulated as this would mean drilling through and damaging the decorative external render and the coating covering it
Measures installed in detail:

  • Condensing boiler running on Calor Gas. 300L pressurised water cylinder, TRVs on double radiators.
  • Double glazed windows throughout
  • Air source heat pump
  • Loft insulation  topped up to about 300mm
  • Low energy appliances throughout
  • Low energy lighting throughout (CFLs)
  • 6kWp solar PV system
  • Solar thermal tubes
  • Water saving devices: 5 water butts (1000 litre) fed with rainwater from roof
  • Wood burning stove
Benefits of work carried out:

The PV system means that I haven’t paid an electric bill for three years and around £150 goes into my bank account annually from the Feed-in Tariff. The combination of the solar thermal tubes, the air source heat pump and the wood burning stove mean that the condensing boiler is only used for a few minutes in the morning for a boost. Consequently we generally only use two cylinders of Calor Gas a year, about £100 in total.

Favourite feature:

The PVs which bring a good return and are a very simple feature to instal, as is an air source heat pump. The wood burning stove is also fabulous

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Assessment types

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A home that has been visited and assessed by us and confirmed as reaching the SuperHome standard, which demonstrates a 60% carbon saving.

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Information has been provided by the homeowner about their home and energy use prior to the installation of measures and following their installation which demonstrates a carbon saving. This information has not been verified.

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