Stags Head, New Invention

Energy-saving improvements

  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials

Location

Stags Head, New Invention
Bucknell
Shropshire
SY7 0BS

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Opening times

Opening: Saturday 15th October tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm or 2pm.

Please note: One loo (up steep stairs); park on side of road by house (we have no drive as such); we're on the A488 so road can be busy from time to time so take care. There is some off-lane parking down the lane that runs along the front of the house to Purlogue. Please do not park or turn in the chapel car park since that is a residential property. We have 2 dogs who are friendly but who will bark initially and look fierce.

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Sarah welcomes you to her 1840(?) detached house (once a pub), very rural, 2 bedroom, tall ceilings, large single-glazed windows of vernacular style; brick and slate (wall/roof), cellar. 

Modifications:
Home came with no green features! We installed an air source heat pump and solar pv in March 2022 and got rid of our oil fired rayburn and oil tank. We did have hot water solar for a few years. We have 3 wood burners in the house, 1 in each of the downstairs rooms. The most recent is an Esse Ironheart which replaces the Rayburn which we can cook in/on. Installed by Derwas. We have added further (sheeps wool) insulation in loft space and are adding insulation to the ceiling of the cellar space etc. We are slowly replacing the single glazed windows with double glazed. The first units may or may not have been installed by end October this year (depends on builder but they are on order).

We are not a model energy efficient house by any means but we feel we have made an important start.

Motivation to make changes:
Because we wanted to become less carbon heavy in our lifestyle. We realise we have only just started and there is a lot more we can do. We are not a 'model' property by any means!

Approximate costs:
£21K for ASHP and solar PV (we expect to receive around £12K back via RHI for ASHP), plus insulation costs. The double glazed hardwood windows are costed out at 2 for £3,200.

Approximate energy savings:
Don't know yet but we had a refund from the electricity supplier in the summer for £900.
 
Benefits:
We have not yet been through a winter with the new equipment so we will see how everything works. We very much like the fact we have no oil on the property any more though I must say I do miss my Rayburn!
 
Next steps:
Rainwater harvesting (we have a lot of roof area we could make more use of). Considered ground source - not suitable and ev point - we currently run a van and we cannot afford an e-van yet so no point in having EV here. I do not run a car myself.

Location

Stags Head, New Invention
Bucknell
Shropshire
SY7 0BS

View on map

Opening times

Opening: Saturday 15th October tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm or 2pm.

Please note: One loo (up steep stairs); park on side of road by house (we have no drive as such); we're on the A488 so road can be busy from time to time so take care. There is some off-lane parking down the lane that runs along the front of the house to Purlogue. Please do not park or turn in the chapel car park since that is a residential property. We have 2 dogs who are friendly but who will bark initially and look fierce.

Just turn up

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