I am a building surveyor by training but I now work for a renewable energy provider in the solar industry. Working in the industry made me more comfortable with the technology in terms of how it works and the benefits. It also meant I was able to carry out my own personal research into renewable measures.
We are very keen to reduce our overall impact especially the desire to reduce our carbon footprint. However since having a family the need to protect us from ever rising energy bills has become much more important. We wanted to make sure we protect ourselves for the future in terms of energy security and climate change. We try and modify our behaviour – to show what can be done. My aim was to modernize as environmentally as possible.
The house is part of a development of 300 properties built in 1983/4 by Fairview homes on part of the old West Ruislip RAF depot. The RAF depot was constructed as a storage depot for the Army Flying Core prior to the formation of the RAF. The homes were built to a very high insulation standard for 1984 with filled cavity and loft insulation. I bought this end of terrace property in 2006 and it was in need of modernization by this point.
The main changes have been a new boiler and renewable technologies that allow us to generate electricity and heat our water.
• Cavity wall insulation
• New Vaillant Eco Tech boiler fitted in 2007 replacing original 1984 boiler. TRV’s fitted to radiators
• Double glazing – upstairs windows replaced by UPVC double glazed windows in 2010
• 200mm Loft insulation added
• Low energy appliances including an A rated washing machine and dishwasher
• Low energy bulbs throughout with LED in the kitchen
• 1.3kWp Photovoltaic system
• Solar thermal system uses 20 evacuated tubes and is fitted and new twin coil tank
• Water saving devices (eco shower head)
Apart from the lovely feeling of knowing your home is generating its own energy the main advantage has been lower bills and protection from ever rising bills.
The renewable technologies are my favourite as this is a new technology that you can see working through the efergy meter. It is a great feeling knowing electricity is going out the door.
We managed a 20% reduction on our imported electricity during the first year.
The solar hot water will heat the 150Ltr tank on a summer day and pre heat to 30 degrees in December.
Updated on 12/11/13