Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

Mike and Marie Brooks in­stalled so­lar hot wa­ter pan­els on the roof of their ru­ral home in Low Row, near Rich­mond.

The cou­ple bought the Ge­or­gian prop­erty when it was in need of ren­o­va­tion in 2006. They re­tained all the pe­riod fea­tures in­clud­ing sash win­dows, pan­elled walls and pe­riod fire­places, but were keen to make it as en­ergy ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble.

They started by re­plac­ing the roof and in­su­lat­ing it.

“When we first got the house, the snow used to blow un­der the slates and we had to dig the snow out of the at­tic, so that made a big dif­fer­ence,” says Mike.

They in­stalled a so­lar hot wa­ter panel, a tank to re­cy­cle waste wa­ter for use in the gar­den and a rain­wa­ter tank to run do­mes­tic equip­ment in the house.

“The panel pre-warms the wa­ter so it has helped to cut down on the amount of oil we use,” says Marie, who bought the panel from a com­pany in Corn­wall. The to­tal cost for panel and in­stal­la­tion was £5,000.

The cou­ple are sell­ing their four-bed­room home to look for an­other chal­lenge.

“We’re hop­ing to go even fur­ther and build our own car­bon neu­tral home, where we gen­er­ate all our en­ergy from re­new­able sources,” says Mike.

The Manse at Low Row, Rich­mond, is for sale for £485,000 with Ge­orge F White, tel. 01677 425301, www.george­fwhite.co.uk

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