Opening the Green Doors

August 04 2014

HOUSEHOLDERS will be showcasing their energy-efficient homes over one weekend in September as part of a local initiative to make properties "fit for the future".

HOUSEHOLDERS will be showcasing their energy-efficient homes over one weekend in September as part of a local initiative to make properties "fit for the future".
Bristol Green Doors is supporting those who wish to lead a more sustainable lifestyle by making beneficial changes to their homes and cutting their energy bills.
Lucy Pedlar, a Redland resident, is one of twenty home owners from across the city involved in the scheme.
Alongside her husband, they have managed to cut their energy use and reduce their carbon emissions by 70 percent, qualifying their three-bedroom property as one of the UK’s "SuperHomes" - a national network of home owners who have cut their reliance on fossil fuel energy by at least 60 percent.
The Redland Hill property is one of three "SuperHomes" opening for Bristol Green Doors.
Previously a student dig, the 1930s house was hard to heat, making it an uncomfortable place to live and work.
Lucy and her husband decided to tackle the issue by installing insulation in the loft, under the floor and on the external walls, helping to keep the house warm in winter, and cool in the summer.
With around 18% of heat being lost through windows, the couple also fitted high standard glazing and replaced the ageing aluminium conservatory with double-glazed doors, and a green oak structure.
Keen to minimise their carbon footprint, Lucy added solar panels to the roof, which provides free electricity and hot water for most of the year. A highly efficient condensing boiler ensures low demand for heating and hot water, and as a result, the couple’s gas consumption is a third of the national average – and electricity consumption is less than 25 percent.
Bristol Green Doors director, Dan Weisselberg, said: “Bristol householders will be sharing tips on the changes that can help make our homes fit for the future.
"More than 100 homes across Bristol have now taken part in Bristol Green Doors, with more and more people looking to make their homes energy smart.”
This year two Bishopston businesses are sponsoring Bristol Green Doors - Ablectrics on Gloucester Road, and Urbane on Zetland Road.
Bristol Green Doors open homes weekend runs from September 13-14. For more information, visit: www.bristolgreendoors.org.

Lucy Pedlar at her Redland home