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Technological Initiatives

Installing insulation between the ratfers in the loft


The 30 + "Technological Initiatives" listed below are "low to high cost" projects.
Three random examples are:

"If going green isn't saving you money,
you're doing it wrong"

Ranging from a few pounds for a new long-life, energy-efficient light bulb to a new fuel efficient car for thousands of pounds, these are initiatives which all reduce energy or water use, reduce our future carbon footprint and/or improve our comfort. With the exception of the organic paint, all these initiatives are providing an annual, ongoing return on the investment made in them through reduced energy and water bills.
For details see the relevant "Consumption" pages.

Technological Initiatives 1995 to date

Insulation Double glazed all windows 1996 - 1999
New Back door with double glazing 2000
House - Cavity Wall Insulation 2002
Reflectors behind all radiators 2003
Loft floor - Insulation upgrade 2003
New front door with double glazing 2007
Front and Back door draught-proofing upgrade 2007
Window draught-proofing upgrade 2007
Flat Roof insulation using Warmcel 2008
Workshop - additional loft floor insulation 2009
Extra loft insulation - rigid insulation between pitched roof rafters 2010
Workshop - Cavity Wall insulation  2010
Built rear ground floor extension with latest windows, underfloor, wall and ceiling insulations 2017
Built kitchen extension with latest windows, underfloor, wall and ceiling insulations 2018
Electricity Sava Plug on fridge 2002
Power Strips with single switch for TV and 2 computer "clusters" 2006
Electricity meter to measure individual appliance energy usage 2006
14 energy-saving light bulbs on most-used light fittings 2002 - 2007
Remaining bulbs replaced with energy-saving light bulbs 2008
All property lighting including strip lightings units replaced with LED units and bulbs. 2019
Appliances Replaced large US-Style fridge-freezer with A+ Freezer 2005
Eco Kettle 2007
Replaced 30-year-old fridge freezer with A+ fridge-freezer  2007
Replaced 13-year-old washing machine with ISE 10 AAA machine 2008
Replaced 25-year-old C/H boiler with Condenser oil boiler 2010
Replaced ISE DW243 with Bosch SMS 69L32 Dishwasher installed. Very quiet 2015
Replaced ISE 10 with Bosch WAQ28462 washing machine 2015
   
Transport &Travel Changed from two old cars to single new Toyota Prius Hybrid T4 2006
  Inherited old petrol 1100cc petrol as second car for only occasional use 2013
  Replaced petrol car with New Nissan Leaf 2018 all electric vehicle (EV) 2018
Water Installed a water meter 1997
Extra 4 garden water butts installed totaling 800 litres 2006
Interflush toilet cistern water-saving device  2006
Decommissioned water softener system 2006
Installed Scale Watcher. Chemical free. Minimal energy use. 2006
Laundry Replaced 13-year old washing machine with ISE 10 2008
  Replaced ISE 10 with Bosch WAQ28462 washing machine 2015
Surplus Resources 2 x green cones and two black composters. 1998 - 1999
Other Use of some Organic paint for redecoration 2006
Website completed explaining all the initiatives. 2010