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Tyne and Wear, Whitley Bay, Paignton Avenue

House Summary

Neal McCay

House Type:
1926 Mid terrace

Carbon saving:
67% - SuperHomes Assessed  

  • Whitley Bay SH
  • woodstove_WhitleyBay

Measures installed:

  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Combi Boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Energy monitor
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Solar PV Panels
  • Water Saving Devices
  • Wood Stove

Upcoming events

Saturday 12th September 2015

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What visitors are saying

"Super. Very patient host who managed to forgive our delays (car wouldn't start Metro off etc.). Very heartening to see what could be done with an older house."

“Very useful info including on PV, roof insulation, wood burning stove, chimney balloon, daytime electric use et al.”

Personal story:

Neal is a retired Civil Engineer keen on minimising utility bills while not compromising comfort.  Of course any carbon reduction resulting could help but any contribution made in the UK pales into insignificance when you look at what’s happening world-wide with a continual increase in energy consumption and carbon output everywhere.


Selfish really, primarily I want to minimise my utility bills as far as possible with the secondary benefit of reducing my carbon output.

Property background:

The house was bought in 2011. Their were no problems but the house had a poor standard of insulation and an old combi boiler.  In addition to this the house was drafty due to the open chimneys and fireplaces.

Key changes made:

Wood burning stove is wonderful in the winter and helps heat the whole house.  Watching the flames is a lot more interesting than most programmes on television!

Condensing boiler minimises gas use and the addition of the PV panels on the roof earn £1300 a year while my gas and electricity bills are only £600 per annum.

Measures installed in detail:

  • Cavity wall filled with Rockwool
  • WorcesterBosch combi condensing boiler (£1900), radiators fitted with TVRs
  • Double glazing throughout
  • Efergy Energy Monitor
  • Low energy appliances throughout
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • 2.9kw photovoltaic array on roof (£10,000)
  • Water saving devices include a water meter
  • 4kw Morso DEFRA approved wood burning stove (£2345 installed)
  • Reflective foil behind radiators and Chimney balloon (£15)
  • Rockwool loft insulation self – installed to 280mm depth.
  • Chimney balloon – £18 well spent to reduce drafts completely on windy days
  • Thermostatic radiator valves
  • Reflective foil behind radiators
  • Single induction hob with large whistling kettle
Benefits of work carried out:

The house is now more comfortable and utility bills have been vastly reduced. Now I get a smug feeling from using electricity from the roof to run my house during the day and for a large part of the year.

Favourite feature:

Morso woodburning stove and the PV solar panels

Project update:

Nothing planned as it’s all done in my view! Will be continuing to open annually.

Common questions and answers for this SuperHome

How much do your pay for wood fuel and where do you store it?+

I buy 2 cubic metres hardwood and 1 cubic metre softwood annually from a mental health charity in Blyth. In winter 2013-14 that was too much and quite a lot still remains.  The current price I pay for hardwood is £85 and for softwood £70 per cubic metre.

It is a terraced house with a passage way between so wood stores nicely there in a good through draft.

How much do your spend on gas and electricity?+

My current annual bill for gas and electricity should be about £570 on the Cooperative Energy tariff.

How much water do you use?+

I switched to a water meter on purchase of the house so don’t have a reduction cost but current useage about 42 cu metre annually.

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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.