In 2005, we installed solar panels (photovoltaic cells) on our roof. In addition to generating electricity, this was the trigger to see how much we could reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Since then, we've done various things to make the house more energy efficient and checked our progress against energy consumption for the year before we started on improvements.
- Starting point - description of the house in 2005 including electricity and gas consumption for benchmark year
Energy consumption - electricity and gas data since 2004
- Solar PV and Solar Water - details of installations
- Insulation - measures to insulate roofs, walls, windows, doors, floors
- Energy efficiency and energy saving - things we've tried to reduce our energy consumption, including heating, ventilation, lighting, kitchen gadgets, water heating
- Costs - how much we've spent and payback calculations - although we don't think this is really relevant or useful.
- Tools and gadgets – some stuff we've found useful for monitoring and measuring
- Experiments - measuring draughts, thermal imaging, stored heat cooking, measuring waste and recycling proportions