In 2005, we installed solar panels (photovoltaic cells) on our roof. In addition to generating electricity, this was the trigger to see how much we could reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Since then, we've done various things to make the house more energy efficient and checked our progress against energy consumption for the year before we started on improvements.
- Starting point - description of the house in 2005 including electricity and gas consumption for benchmark year
- Insulation - measures to insulate roofs, walls, windows, doors, floors
- Experiments - measuring draughts, thermal imaging, stored heat cooking, measuring waste and recycling proportions