21 - 22 Apr 2018
Saturday 21st April 2-5pm
Sunday 22nd April 2-5pm
Just turn up No parking at the entrance of the cul-de-sac. Please park in public parking within the cul-de-sac
Do you want to talk and learn more about solar energy? Michael & Gay have had solar powered photo voltaic (PV) panels on their home since before 2011 and have solar thermal.
If you want to understand the difference between them and what you can get from them, this house must be visited.
They receive an annual income of over £1500 from their panels which more than covers their energy bills and then some. While the high Feed in Tariffs (FITS) are no longer available the cost of installing solar has reduced dramatically, so understanding how it all works and how the Jacklin’s utilise the sun's energy on a day to day basis through the different seasons is very informative.
The PV panels generate around 3200kWh per annum, which together with their solar thermal providing much of their hot water, and the insulation measures give them a very low carbon lifestyle which was their primary motivation, but they have gained so much more along the way.
They have a lovely life ethos, which to borrow a phrase from Christian Aid is, ‘We live simply so that others can simply live’. And, if you are interested in Pilkington reflective glazing and Rockwool insulation, you can learn more here.
In their back garden, they have an extensive vegetable and fruit plot which uses water from their water butt, ensuring most years that no mains water is needed for their crops, meaning more water and money saved. They also produce their own compost from recycled organic waste.
Experimenting and giving it, a go is very much how Michael and Gay have got to where they are now and are an inspiration if you are looking for new ways of doing things in your own home. Changes that not only save money, carbon or water, but also help to educate your family are something that the Jacklin’s would be happy to share with you.
30 Cavendish Close Case Study (PDF, 586kB)