‘My children dragged me into the green movement. When I started to look into it, it made real sense.’ Since moving into her house 10 years ago Hilary has made several changes to make her home more comfortable and green.
Hilly insulated the attic following advice from local eco architect Terry Pinto. They used insulated plaster board from Tipadel and it has made a huge difference to the comfort of the whole house.
‘I really wanted solar panels’ Hilly explains ‘But I didn’t have the cash up-front. So I did some research and got the panels installed under the Green Deal programme. I pay the bank back every month for this but I get the free electricity and Feed in Tariff.’
And in March when the boiler blew up, Hilly took to the internet again to look into getting a free or subsidised boiler, as she had previously been told she was eligible. ‘I contacted lots of places and initially they said the grants had gone. However, a while later I got a call saying funds were available, I was reassessed and a combi boiler was fitted shortly afterwards.’
She has also added French doors and removed a partition wall to maximise natural light.
What you will see:
Energy generation: solar pv panels, wood burning stove
Energy saving:, low energy lighting, radiator reflectors, double glazing, insulated plaster board