Vict' /Edw' (1837-1910) Terrace,
Owners of end of terrace property take advantage of 'Green Deal' home improvement fund to install external wall insulation.
Adults: 2 Children:
Construction: Solid stone or brick
Age: Vict' /Edw' (1837-1910)
End of terrace houses typically lose more heat than neighbours due to large surface areas of external side-walls. This house used the Green Deal to overcome cold and damp conditions of three exterior walled rooms by fitting external wall insulation. Natural sheep wool insulation has also been added to the suspended floor above the cellar in order to reduce thermal losses and draughts.
Furthermore, sensible approaches towards improvements allowed Solar PV panels to be fitted using scaffolding from the wall insulation, and an efficient condensing boiler was part funded through Green Deal initiatives.
The owners saw home improvement as an opportunity to make their home more comfortable, more environmentally friendly and cheaper to run through reduced energy usage. They are proud to be contributing to green energy production, and aim to bring retrofit into the mainstream having been inspired from visiting a Bristol Green Doors home. Their approach towards retrofit has made good use of both local and national incentive schemes.
Motivation overall was a mixture of spending money to save money, and to reduce energy usage for green reasons.Homeowner, 2015
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How this house performs
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The biggest difference has been noticed in thermal comfort from external wall insulation, with the upstairs requiring less energy as heat from downstairs rises. The owners have further reduced their bills by aligning their energy usage timings with times of high self-generation, and at night utilising their night tariff. They are very happy with the results.
If you're on an Economy 7 tariff, try programming appliances like the washing machine to start late at night during cheaper electricity rates.