"Solar Electricity - Energy Saving Trust"
PAGE 12. NORTHERN GUARDIAN. ISSUE 66. TEL: 0845 643 0215 ★ Grand Designs ★ Home Improvements ★ Solar Electricity - Energy Saving Trust faces within 90 7 Grid connected systems need very components. Grants are available, southerly. The little care - just ensuring that the but to be eligible for one you other aspect to be panels are kept relatively clean and must ensure that a certified careful of is the the shade produced by trees has not installer is installing certified weight of the become a hindrance - is all that it products. solar roofing takes from you! A qualified The grants are available from the panels - they are technician should carry out routine BERR funded low carbon buildings quite heavy and checks of the wiring and programme. so require a very strong roof. PV arrays have Solar Electricity is derived a varied colour scheme and come in different shapes - from grey solar directly from the sun - to tiles (akin to roof tiles), through to provide an energy efficient transparent cells that are suitable for home - appliances and lighting conservatories and glass. Some can all be run from it. Solar PV arrays provide shade - as well as the (photovoltaic) produces no generation of electricity. greenhouse gases, so reducing The cost of PV systems and their consumers’ carbon footprint installation can vary; most domestic and a typical domestic system systems cost approximately can save approximately 1.2 £5,000-£7,000 per kwp installed - tonnes of CO2 per annum. This with most domestic systems usually equates to almost 30 tonnes between 1.5 and 3 kwp. over a solar electric systems life However, savings in fuel bills will offset the price of the system and its span. installation; it could mean PV systems are suitable for houses approximately £230 off your that aren’t overshadowed by large electricity bill. trees, as the output of the system can A 2.5kwp system could provide be greatly reduced if the roof surface enough electricity to meet is in shadow for parts of the day. approximately half a household’s The ideal situation for a system is a electricity needs per annum. building with a roof or a wall that GRAND DESIGNS LIVE Grand Designs Live’ Top 10 Ways "Top Must-Haves" For Your Home To Make Your Home Greener! www.granddesignslive.com friendly chair. Available in Outgang’s signature colour Ticket Hotline: 0871 2305586 of Oxblood, as well as Bone, Graphite, Duck, Yolk, Nite Grand Design Live has the best 10 ways to ensure your home goes greener whatever the budget. Le Boule Gazon and Moss. XP chair and footstool RRP £239 and £89 Lusting after a no individually. 1. Insulate - Up to one third of your heating is lost through the walls of your home and 15 per cent maintenance and Chandelier Lighting from 20th Century Collectables For lighting that’s exciting and fascinating as well as through the roof so insulating can save money as well as being eco friendly. Visit super-stylish accessory to spruce up your abode? La functional, try 20th Century Collectables chandeliers www.carboneco.co.uk for more top insulating tips or see them at Grand Designs Live. Boule Gazon or "lawn 2. Glazing - Ill fitting windows are one of the main areas where loss of heat can occur. Consider ball" is the ultimate accessory to give your home exterior the ultimate finishing touch. Made from artificial grass, double or triple-glazing or visit www.glasscurtainsuk.co.uk for more information or see them at moss and topiary, the elegant grass balls are a low-cost, Grand Designs Live. eco-friendly alternative to traditional hanging baskets that will last through the seasons come rain or shine. 3. Draught-proofing - According to the Energy Savings Trust, 20 per cent of all heat loss in the home Prices start at £69.99. is through poor ventilation and draughts. Visit www.energysavingtrust.org for more information De Dietrich’s Quattro Dishwasher As a pioneer of groundbreaking technologies, the De on how to make your home draught-proof. Dietrich name is synonymous with beauty and 4. Lighting - Lighting accounts for around six per cent of our domestic fuel consumption. So innovation. The latest addition to the De Dietrich dishwashing collection is the Quattro, which features swapping compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) for standard incandescent lamps would slash this by two separate internal drawers which rdeliver four around 75%. Visit www.20thcenturycollectables.co.uk or visit them at Grand Designs Live. separate wash combinations; hence its name. These which date mainly from the 1950s-1970s. Sourced in Italy include a top drawer only washing option, bottom and France, they are fully refurbished, rewired and PAT 5. Paints and Wood Treatments - There are many negative things said against the environmental drawer only washing; full wash and separate tested to meet modern standards. Prices on request. Candy Queen Designs Light Switches and Doorknobs impact of common paints and wood treatments, many of which are oil based and contain simultaneous programmes for top and bottom drawers. Prices from £800. Candy Queen Designs is sure to brighten up your synthetic chemicals. Go to www.naturalpaintonline.co.uk or visit them at Grand Designs Live. bedroom with its hand made, original light switches and cupboard handles. With more than 300 designs to 6. Composting - Everyone should compost even if they don’t have a garden. Organic matter sent to Outgang’s XP Series Chair and Footstool An innovative, rotationally moulded chair and footstool, choose from, best sellers include animal, sealife and landfill sites produces methane gas as it decomposes underground but it won’t do that in a the XP series is a visually dynamic and ergonomically football light switches along with the original "candy" models. Prices from £24.99. compost bin. There’s no excuse not to recycle your potato peelings. www.recyclenow.com Velux Sunroom Not only do VELUX sunrooms let in 7. Flooring - These days, a large selection of flooring from sustainable sources can be found but it’s plenty of light and fresh air, but they can also add substantial value to your home. VELUX skylights are also worth checking out how healthy it is too given the level of potentially harmful toxins in modern ideal for sunroom creation and bring the benefits of flooring. Wood and cork are good natural sources whilst bamboo flooring is one of the most daylight and fresh air into the spaces where people live, work and enjoy themselves. Prices on request. renewable resources on the planet. See www.qualitywoodflooring.co.uk or visit them at Grand Designs Live. Grand Designs Live will be taking place at the NEC, Birmingham between the 10th - 12th October 2008. 8. Furniture - Sustainable, recycled or second hand. Furniture with a conscience is widely available, whatever the budget. See www.outgang.com or visit them at Grand Designs Live. To book tickets please call the Ticket Hotline on 0871 2305586 or visit www.granddesignslive.com 9. Rainwater harvesting - Fresh water is an increasingly scarce resource and requires energy to clean it and pump it into homes. So, rainwater harvesting that consists of a storage tank in the garden or under the ground that collects rain from your guttering is an eco-friendly initiative that needn’t cost the earth. See www.rainwaterharvesting.co.uk or visit them at Grand Designs Live. 10. Grow your Own - You may not have a garden the size of a football pitch. You may not even have a garden. But growing your own veggies is still easy for everyone. The more we grow our own, the more we can roll back a culture of food miles, yards of packaging and driving to the shops. Visit www.rhs.org.uk for more information. Even more green tips and inspiration for every aspect of eco-design and homebuilding can be found at Grand Designs Live at the Birmingham NEC in October.