I moved from my terraced house in Peel Road, Wolverton to another mid-terraced house in the same town in March 2105. I was motivated by a desire for a larger more sociable kitchen space and an additional bedroom.
I was pleased to find another house that had these attributes as well as a south facing garden backing onto a community orchard. The house was in a fairly good condition but was rather dated in décor and style. It had polystyrene ceiling tiles in all the bedrooms and throughout the hall, stairs and landing. It had lost many of it’s original features including the fireplaces downstairs, picture rails and any coving there might have been. While this was disappointing in some ways it also gave me greater freedom to make energy efficiency improvements to the house.
Internal Wall Insulation
Like the house in Peel Road, my house in Western Road is also in a Conversation Area. This reduced my options for solid wall insulation to internal insulation at the front and either internal or external at the back. Consultation with the local Conservation Officer suggested that the only finish that the Council would accept for external wall insulation to the back was brick slips. I was dubious about this option as the brick slips would not have been a good match for the original brick work on my or neighbouring houses.
A summary of the Measures Installed
- Changed the gas boiler from a Glow worm Ultimate 40FF to a condensing Ideal Logic+ Heat 24
- Had internal wall insulation fitted to 75% of the external walls
- Had floor insulation fitted to about 80% of the ground floor (half the kitchen and the shower room/utility have a solid floor and would be very difficult to do)
- Had a 4kW solar PV system installed – two thirds east facing, one third south facing
- Had an Apollo Gem installed to heat hot water in the cylinder rather than exporting it to the grid
- Increased the loft insulation from 100mm (and in some cases none) to 250mm
- Installed CFL/LED lighting throughout
- Had a Nest Learning Thermostat installed
- Flavel Arundel Multi-Fuel 4.9kW stove (to replace the old gas mounted one)