ENERGY EFFICIENCY CUTS THE BILLS AT RURAL HOME
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