Reader's tip of the month - May 2013
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 31 May 2013 at 11:13 am
Retired, and living in a detached dorma bungalow built in the 1960s with almost no insulation, Tony Seaford and his wife were interested in reducing their domestic carbon footprint as much as they could without moving.
"After double glazing and cavity wall insulation, we spent £8000 on roof insulation with 75mm Kingspan between all the rafters.
"A domestic wind turbine was useless, so was returned. We installed 2 solar thermal panels in September 2006, 18 solar PV panels in May 2009 and in May 2013 a 14kW air source heat pump in place of the gas boiler.
"The solar thermal panels never worked very well with the original system and gas boiler. With the new ASHP, they are now working very well, providing us with all our hot water free from the sun on most days.
"The electricity generation from the Solar PV panels is performing as proposed, but the last 12 months have been lower due to the lack of sunshine. As an early installer, I have not benefitted from the generous FIT payments. I am still looking for suitable LED replacements for halogen lights."
Tony's tips for others
"Spend as much as you can afford on insulation and draught-proofing. Use solar thermal panels with a heat pump, a combination that works well together. Visit and talk to others who have already installed what you are planning to do to get the benefit of their experience. And most important, find an installer who is both experienced and really knows what they are talking about.
Find out more about the measures Tony has takenCathy Debenham
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