West Dorset Open EcoHomes

16 - 24 Sep 2017

11 Edward Rd, Dorchester

Energy-saving improvements

  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

11 Edward Road
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 2HJ

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Opening times

16 - 24 Sep 2017
Sunday 24 September 10.00 - 4.00

Just turn up If no answer, just go to the office round the back

 This 1920s property was bought by its current owners in 2014 and the immediate concerns were to make it as energy efficient as possible.

Step 1: A large 5-panel Solar Thermal System: This provides 300L of free hot water from March to November.  In the lower light months, the thermal still raises the temperature of the water to reduce the required gas boiler to kick in too often.

Step 2: A 13kW woodturner with a back boiler that heats all 10 radiators in the house in the colder months and contributing to the water tank when required.

Step 3: A new efficient condensing gas boiler.

Step 4: A 4kW Solar PV that covers the annual electrical need.  Here an innovative solar shade was constructed which also formed the roof of a large custom shed clad in cedar.

Step 5: Cavity wall insulation and loft insulation up to 270mm.

Next steps: Once the loft conversion is finished a Tesla Powerwall will be installed to store the unused free solar energy for use in the evenings.

As the owner couldn’t find anyone locally with the required skills to install all of this technology he started his own renewable energy company: Wessex ECOEnergy.  Previously, he was commuting to London so this has dramatically reduced their carbon footprint.  Due to Government tariffs, the annual energy bills are actually in credit

 

Location

11 Edward Road
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 2HJ

View on map

Opening times

16 - 24 Sep 2017
Sunday 24 September 10.00 - 4.00

Just turn up If no answer, just go to the office round the back

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