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Milton Keynes, Wolverton, Gloucester Road

House Summary

Owner(s):
Martin and Angela Davies

House Type:
1930s semi detached

Reported saving on bills:
20%

Total invested:
£2,800


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Measures installed:

  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Draught-proofing
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Water Saving Devices

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What visitors are saying

"The compact wood stove throws out a surprising heat. The timber frame extension was a work in progress when we visited. As the back of the house was open to the elements, it really put the stove through its paces!

"Very helpful. The smart metering system was fun as it gives you some control over your heating and appliances on the move - wirelessly from your mobile phone."

Personal story:

We moved into the house in 2009.  Although we aspire to SuperHome level savings, it’s still a ‘work in progress’ and we’re not there yet.

Motivations:

I’m carbon manager at Milton Keynes Council. We wanted to make the house more energy efficient, reduce the use of resources such as water and also cut our carbon footprint.

Key changes made:

  • Wood stove (Scan Andersen 4-5, 4kW) with high burning efficiency, suitable for smoke control areas. Steel flue in the chimney and insulation in the chimney space to improve burning efficiency as well as insulate the house. Cost approximately £2,500 including install. Fuel is a mix of local, seasoned logs and joinery waste. When the old open fireplace was taken out it was recycled as a foundation for a patio
  • Smart plugs, energy management system (Eon) and smart meters for gas and electric. All connected via the internet to a hub connected to the router and internet so it can be accessed by computer or smart phone. This enables us easily to see how much energy appliances are using and means we can also remotely switch them on and off. When we go to bed or go out of the house we can switch appliances and lights off and on via a display. There is a preset so one button will switch off all those selected at once
  • Low energy lighting throughout. CFL and LED – gradually switching to LEDs
  • Water saving devices. Dual flush WC (2.6 and 4 litre), water saving taps, water butts
  • Kitchen extension being added which will be as sustainable as possible (see latest news)
  • Loft insulation (270mm). There was already quite a good amount but I’ve topped it up myself with mineral wool

Total cost of measures approximately £2,800. Gas central heating with radiators was already installed with a boiler that’s more than 5 years old. UPVC double glazing was already fitted but is old and could be better by today’s standards.

Measures installed in detail:

  • Energy efficient double glazing throughout
  • Draught proofing throughout
  • 270mm or more loft insulation
  • Condensing boiler with heating controls
  • Wood stove (Scan Andersen 4-5, 4kW)
  • Efficient light fittings with lighting controls
  • Water saving devices include; water efficient taps/shower
  • EON energy management system, smart sockets

Superhomes are working closely with the Building Retrofit Network in Milton Keynes. This home was brought into the network with project support from Green Deal Pioneer Places Funding from DECC.

Benefits of work carried out:

Our energy savings are currently approximately 20% but it’s still early days and the potential is not yet fully realised.

Favourite feature:

So far, the wood stove. Definitely worth doing, it’s been great in the cold weather. It’s easy to light and control and only needs cleaning out every week or two. We like the aesthetics and feel of having a real fire plus the environmental aspects of not burning fossil fuels.

The wood used is a mix of waste from a local tree surgeon business and joinery waste from my son’s cabinet making business. It’s a good way of using clean waste wood that might otherwise be sent to landfill.

Project update:

We’re currently building a single storey kitchen extension which has been a challenging but interesting opportunity to try some sustainable construction ideas. The structure is timber frame due to timber’s environmental credentials and because we wanted to minimise the use of concrete and cement. The insulation is Celotex rigid foam as it offers high performance. The extension exceeds building regulations in terms of U-values. Pile foundations have been used to minimise the need for concrete. The rear of the house faces south so that elevation of the extension will have a large area of glazing to maximise passive solar gain.

We will probably install an awning externally to minimise overheating and have used sun pipes (rather than rooflights) in the flat roof for the same reason. Externally the walls will be clad in timber. Kitchen appliances and white good will be as energy efficient as possible and will include an induction hob. The lighting will be LED. Our next project is likely to be external insulation to the solid walls of the house which will be done under the Green Deal.

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