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Stockport, Bramhall, Manor Road

House Summary

Andrew Gage

House Type:
1920's detached

Carbon saving:
74% - SuperHomes Assessed  

Reported saving on bills:

Total invested:

  • nPower: Andrew Gage of Bramhall, Cheshire. He is pictured next to the air source heat pump unit.
  • Stockport Manor Rd Front
  • Stockport Manor Rd Air Source HP
  • Stockport Manor Rd PV
  • Stockport Manor Rd Andrew Gage

Measures installed:

  • Double Glazing
  • Floor Insulation
  • Heat Pump (Air Source)
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Triple Glazing
  • Water Saving Devices

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What visitors are saying

“Very helpful visit talking about technologies that I want to deploy in the near future - especially useful contacts for good contractors.”

“Andrew Gage was very helpful and has evaluated or used many of the technologies that we have been considering. He had also documented what he had done with costs and savings which is especially useful.”

"Thank you. Very interesting and informative."

"Many useful tips and recommendations. A lot of things to research."

"Very helpful to hear about the practicalities and economics of various improvements that can be made."

"Very interesting to see a real installation which works properly at a reasonable installation cost."

"Very informative and passionate presentation. Lots of tips!!"

"Excellent tour with realistic and honest evaluations of the technologies installed."

"Interesting to hear about homeowner's experience of renewable technologies. Thank you for generously sharing info."

Personal story:

Our determination to develop our home to incorporate low energy principles grew from an awareness about environmental issues. We had attempted to “green” our former home but were limited in what we could achieve. Our new home, with its south facing and spacious rear garden, allowed us to introduce some of the ideas that we had read and heard about. Using Manchester Energy Saving Trust we achieved our ambitions without being experts.


We have accepted the research carried out by climate change scientists and fear for the future of the planet. We can do little at a global level and belong to the relevant organisations at a national level. The next best thing is to act as environmentally friendly as possible; and then show what we have achieved to anyone that is interested.

Property background:

A 1930’s detached 4 bedroom house. Brick and tile roof construction. Recently extended to low standard. Large south facing rear garden.

Key changes made:

Extended both sides to create a garage, utility room, toilet and small gym on the east side and on the west side, two bedrooms, bathroom, dining room and study.

Added P.V. panels, Air Source Heat Pump, Rainwater Harvesting System, land drains and sump. Improved insulation by adding thermal blocks and thermal backed insulted plasterboard to new external walls, increased loft insulation to 270 mm, fitted insulation between joists on suspended floor, replaced windows with double or triple glazing, replaced front door with insulated stronger model, fitted insulated garage door.

Measures installed in detail:

  • Argon filled double/triple glazing throughout
  • 75mm cavity wall insulation in existing house. 100mm insulation, thermal blocks and thermal backed plasterboard in external extension walls
  • Existing suspended floors insulated between joists with loft insulation
  • 260mm loft insulation
  • Ground floor ceiling is insulated with thermal/sound insulation throughout
  • 4kWp photovoltaic panels
  • Air Source Heat Pump
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • Low energy appliances replacing older appliances when new are required
  • Water saving devices include; A 5000 litre Rain Water Harvesting system and 18cubic meter sump linked to land drainage, fitted with submersible pump for garden watering
Benefits of work carried out:

The entire house is now kept at a constant minimum temperature of 18 degrees, with the facility to increase as required and a gas fire in one room for extra instant heat. Hot water is constantly available and two showers can operate simultaneously. The house has 6 bedrooms and, currently, 3 occupants.The fuel bill is £1725 p.a. and income from Feed in Tariff is an average £1598 p.a. A by – product of the Air Source Heat pump is that the garage is kept hot by heat loss from the compressor pumps and a clothes drying rack has been installed that allows indoor drying during cold and wet weather; the tumble dryer is now redundant. Water bill is £141 p.a. because 800 litres of toilet flush water is saved each week and large garden can be watered at no cost. The land drains have overcome garden flooding caused by a clay base and created a sump for extra garden watering.

Favourite feature:

Each aspect fits together to create an environmental and personal benefit.

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Assessment types

SuperHomes Assessed

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

Homeowner Reported

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.

Remote Assessed

The homeowner has provided information on their home including what measures have been installed which has enables an assessor working on our behalf to assess their carbon savings. This home has not been visited to verify the measures installed.


This home has not been assessed, but the homeowner has reported what measures have been installed. It may be that this home is awaiting assessment.