Frome Open Homes

17 - 18 Oct 2015

Milk Street

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change

Location

Milk Street
Frome
Somerset
BA11 3DB

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Opening times

17 - 18 Oct 2015
Saturday 17th October 10.00-16.00

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To reduce the carbon footprint of her two-up two-down cottage Sheila has installed a wood-burning stove, which she uses for practically all her heating needs. ‘I bought a Morso Squirrel because you can shut it down very low, it will keep in overnight and still has embers which will catch alight in the morning’.

She further reduces condensation and energy through simple measures like drying washing outside and using curtains across doorways to cut down draughts and improve insulation. A couple of years ago she added a ‘glass box’ extension at the rear of the property which stops the east wind and added external wall insulation.

She recently had a new carpet fitted with better underlay, which has made a ‘big difference’ in making the sitting room cosier. She also uses shutters in the evenings to keep the warmth in and made a curtain filled with bubble wrap and silver foil to put over the windows when it gets really chilly. These measures have helped reduce Sheila’s bills to £10 per month for gas and £20 for electricity.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

Energy saving: areas of internally and externally insulated walls, loft insulation, double glazing, low energy lighting, rear porch

Water saving: Low flush toilet, rainwater harvesting

Materials: ‘Eco’ paints from Osmo (for wood) and Earthborn (for walls)

Food: Small greenhouse and beds for organic vegetable and flowers

Waste: Composting Wildlife: Pond and uncultivated wildlife areas

Location

Milk Street
Frome
Somerset
BA11 3DB

View on map

Opening times

17 - 18 Oct 2015
Saturday 17th October 10.00-16.00

This event has now finished.

Just turn up

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