One of the most important ways to reduce our energy use and cut carbon is to start with our own homes. We can save fuel (and money) by simple measures such as draught proofing windows and doors and setting our boilers correctly. But to make our houses truly sustainable we need to go further than this with insulation and renewable energy e.g. solar panels.
One Dartmouth Park Transitioner, Sarah Harrison, has used her home as an experiment to see how possible it is to convert a standard Victorian house into an eco-home of the future. Sarah’s house is now a minus emitter of carbon – meaning it produces more energy than it uses! Her story is featured in a BBC documentary here. Check it out for some inspiration and tips.
In the New Year we’re planning to hold a session on how to set boilers in the most efficient way, for individuals and local businesses, so keep an eye out for news about this.