Several residents have expressed an interest in exploring energy conservation and green-energy generation at Fieldend, but with our flat roofs, expanses of glass and Conservation Area status, what options are there?
On 10th May 2011, FRAL hosted a workshop with James Ritson of Kingston University who came to answer questions about how Fieldend residents can be more sustainable. James explained the difference between saving energy and lowering emissions, but acknowledged the fact that most people are also interested in saving money – all these things are possible, you just need to prioritise.
Here are James’s top tips for making your Fieldend house more energy efficient…
Top 5 Tips for a Green Fieldend
1. Insulate your hot water tank
2. Install cavity wall insulation
3. Draft-proof your windows (don’t forget curtains!)
4. Double-glaze your windows
5. Get a new A-rater boiler
… only once you have done all of these should you consider a high-tech solution like photovoltaic electricity generation or solar water heating.
Many ingredients in conventional paints are potentially hazardous to both health and the environment.
During use and throughout their lifetime, conventional paints can release harmful compounds into the air. These atmospheric pollutants can include greenhouse gases and are known to be potentially harmful to health - not to mention very smelly! They have been found to aggravate allergies, asthma and other chest complaints; also to be a cause of sick building syndrome.
A number of companies offer eco-paints that are VOC free, some are listed below:
Double Glazing and Low E glass
Given the expanse of glass we have in a Fieldend house, double glazing should be a top priority for residents.
The type of double glazing unit you choose can significantly reduce heat loss, reducing your carbon footprint as well as saving you money. The type of glass (Low E, or low-emissivity glass), spacers and cavity all effect how much thermal insulation your windows provide.
The site below give a wealth of information on the different options available and explains the jargon well.