Worthing Eco Open Houses

24 - 25 Sep 2016

Northcourt Road

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

51 Northcourt Road
Worthing
West Sussex
BN14 7DT

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Opening times

24 - 25 Sep 2016
WORKSHOPS
11am, 12noon, 3pm, 4pm 24th and 25th Sept
How to create a rain-garden
How to divert rainwater for flushing a toilet
Open House from 10am both days

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 New features this year within Claire and Ryan’s Victorian home are focused on water conservation.

Their DIY solar powered plumbing system diverts rainwater to the downstairs toilet achieving a water saving of nearly 10%.  There is enough left to water their wildlife-friendly backyard forest garden too. They have also seeded a shed roof to absorb the rain and any run-off water is collected for their back garden pond, which is full of frogs and newts. Their approach to water saving is innovative and easy to replicate.

The various parts of the rain-garden at the front of the house prevent any run off into the streets and is easy to copy.  This was published in Permaculture Works magazine.

By adopting behaviour changes and simple practical measures, their gas usage reduced between 2006 and 2015 by 44% and their electricity usage reduced by 57%.  These impressive results were achieved through draught proofing, secondary glazing with acrylic sheets and insulation.  Unusually for today's open plan living, they turned a large room back into two separate rooms and reduced energy usage by 22%.

Bring the children to see the frogs, Learn how DIY and doing things differently really can save you water and energy, even in a draughty Victorian home. (Bring the children to see the frogs.)

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Location

51 Northcourt Road
Worthing
West Sussex
BN14 7DT

View on map

Opening times

24 - 25 Sep 2016
WORKSHOPS
11am, 12noon, 3pm, 4pm 24th and 25th Sept
How to create a rain-garden
How to divert rainwater for flushing a toilet
Open House from 10am both days

This event has now finished.

Just turn up

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