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18 Archibald Road used to have storage heaters, which cost around £200 per month to heat the house in winter. In addition to this, logs were also purchased to heat the living room in the evening, as the storage heaters generally cooled down by 6pm. The kitchen and bedrooms had no heating and the large bathroom only had a fan heater on the wall. Needless to say, the house cost a lot to heat and was still unbearably cold, especially the kitchen which would be 8 degrees some mornings. It was a bit like living in a Victorian house in Victorian times!
Nicky did not like the idea of gas as she was opposed to fracking and so looked at alternative heating sources. She read up on the different renewable technologies available (Biomass, Air Source Heat Pump and Ground Source Heat Pump) as well as Fischer electric heating. Nicky settled with Biomass as she was used to burning wood and likes the intense heat it produces. She briefly considered ASHP (air course heat pump); however, the heat loss calculations showed that the house wasn’t insulated enough for an ASHP to efficiently heat the house, as they run at low temperatures and are best installed in well insulated houses.
Nicky and her partner had to knock down their old shed and part of their back wall to install a shed and gate with double doors, so that pallets of pellets could be delivered. They also enjoyed smashing up their old-fashioned fireplace and having their fireplace opened up to house the pellet boiler.
In addition to the pellet boiler, D H Solar Engineering recommended Solar Thermal for heating hot water in the sunnier months, so that the boiler does not need to be on in the hot weather just to heat the hot water. In fact, the solar thermal works most the year round, bringing the base of the hot water cylinder up, even in freezing cold weather - as long as the sun is shining, you can hear it working. Once spring arrives, the boiler is barely needed for hot water and in summer, there is a continuous supply of hot water from the solar panels. Nicky takes great pleasure in filling the paddling pool with hot water from the tap, as well as cold from the hose, knowing that it costs no more.
Nicky is very pleased with the heating system as she now has heat in every room and an open fire is now something that Nicky likes to have on as a little extra warm luxury in the late evening, instead of heating the whole house, and instead of being a necessity in the early evening because of being so cold. Nicky is a person that really feels the cold and is very grateful to now have a warm home.
As you may have guessed, Nicky likes to save money where she can, whilst investing in the environment. Her current energy supplier is People’s Energy as they were cheaper than OVO, who she’d been with for a number of years. They also provide 100% renewable electricity and they give some of their profit back to their customers.
The house is double glazed throughout, although the windows are a bit draughty and need re-sealing at present.
18 Archibald Road Case Study (PDF, 168kB)