4 Brook Meadow

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change

Location

Brook Meadow
Church Stretton
Shropshire
SY6 7EH

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Opening times

25 - 26 Jun 2022
Saturday and Sunday 26: 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-16.30.

Just turn up Limited parking outside No 4, lots of space in Helmeth Road.

Modern 4 bedroomed house built in 2004, which Geoff and Lorna bought in 2014.

A Hive smart thermostat was fitted shortly after moving in. The original windows and doors fitted with standard double glazing in softwood frames have been replaced with higher spec double glazing in uPVC frames. Along with greater thermal efficiency, these have much better draft sealing. Perfect Fit blinds fitted to ceiling and French doors in kitchen and small sitting room help with retaining heat in cooler months, and keeping it out in the summer!

The original gas Range cooker has been replaced with electric ovens and an induction hob. LED lights fitted in all living areas, garage and outside spaces.

The decorative gas fire with draughty external vents in the main sitting room has been replaced with an efficient, attractive balanced flue fire, which is used to supplement central heating, particularly in spring and autumn and if we are using the room during the day.

The gas boiler died in March 2020, and was replaced with an air source heat pump (ASHP) providing central heating and domestic hot water. The ASHP cost £10,535 although this will be recovered through the Ofgen RHI scheme. We are receiving quarterly payments, inflation linked, over a seven year period, resulting in a total repayment of around £11,500. The next step was to fit PV panels on the roof - 13 panels in total, 7 on one elevation, 6 on another. An Immersion Diverter diverts excess power into heating the hot water tank before exporting the excess to the grid.

We have fitted an EV charger in the garage - neighbours know they are welcome to offer it to visiting EV car drivers. We currently run a plug-in hybrid car which works for our lifestyle, with the majority of journeys made within the range of the battery. A third option for the Immersion Diverter - diverting to a battery - is a future plan as and when the move is made to an electric car.

Work to turn the small back lawn into a mini meadow started on autumn 2020, with liberal application of yellow rattle seed. It was rather unexciting in 2021, although attractive, especially with the grasses blowing gently in the wind. It was cut in August 2021, and more yellow rattle seed sown, along with donations from friends and other haymeadow projects. During May we are enjoying purple clover, lots of yellow rattle flowers, ribwort, a wider variety of grasses, and one (as yet unidentified) very small bedstraw! Fingers crossed for some other wildflowers to appear by the end of June.

We 'shop local' as much as possible for locally grown produce and UK-made goods. We are enjoying holidays in the UK, and plan to avoid air travel. A low meat diet has been our norm for many years.

Location

Brook Meadow
Church Stretton
Shropshire
SY6 7EH

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Opening times

25 - 26 Jun 2022
Saturday and Sunday 26: 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-16.30.

Just turn up Limited parking outside No 4, lots of space in Helmeth Road.

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