SuperHome Database

Tyne and Wear, Whitley Bay, Paignton Avenue

House Summary

Neal McCay

House Type:
1926 Mid terrace

Carbon saving:

  • 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 13th September 2014

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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."

Measures installed in detail:

  • Cavity wall filled with Rockwool
  • WorcesterBosch combi condensing boiler (£1900), radiators fitted with TVRs
  • Double glazing throughout
  • Efergy Energy Monitor
  • 270 mm deep rockwool blanket loft insulation DIY installed
  • 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 radiatorsn and Chimney balloon (£15)
Benefits of work carried out:

Reduced utility bills and free baked potatoes (during daylight hours only)

Favourite feature:

Morso woodburning stove

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.