How to Save Energy and Money by Improving Your Home in Coventry and Warwickshire

Energy Saving Case Study 5

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Solar Panels
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Location: Warwickshire
House Age: Modern (1970 - Now)
Bedrooms: 1-4

Energy Saving Improvement 1

Type: Photovoltaics
Contractor: New World Solar
Description: The panels are 17 off Winaico WSP-P6 x 230W = 3.91kW mounted on west facing roof
Cost: £9,000 (2010)

Energy Saving Improvement 2

Type: General Improvements
Contractor: DIY (householder installed measure)
Description: Good Housekeeping and switching things off when not needed
Cost: £nil

Energy Saving Improvement 3

Type: Biomass
Contractor: Stratford Energy Solutions Ltd
Description: ETA PU15 kW Biomass boiler fuelled by wood pellets installed by home owner but commissioned by contractor
Cost: £Unknown (2013)

Energy Saving Improvements Details

The house was built in 1973 and is in an exposed rural location off the mains gas network. They installed cavity wall insulation in 1979 and have loft insulation and some double and secondary glazing.

The owners decided to change their behaviour by turning things off when not needed, to use less water for cooking and making drinks and use a slow cooker instead of the oven when possible. It cost nothing and the savings amounted to £210 in the first year. They also bought an A rated freezer and changed to low energy lights.

Photo voltaic panels have been fitted on the west facing roof capable of generating up to 3.9kWp.

The house has an EPC in band D and SAP68 producing 7.7tCO2 annually. The report suggested changing their oil boiler which they are now doing and fitting a wood pellet boiler in its place. This should reduce the CO2 to less than 2.0t annually.

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