York Open Eco Homes

14 - 22 May 2016

1990s Bungalow, off Huntington Rd.

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Glazing
    Glazing
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change

Location

2 Dalby Mead
York
YO31 9BH

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Opening times

14 - 22 May 2016
SAT 14th & SUN 15th May
2pm-5pm

This event has now finished.

Just turn up

The owners of this relatively young bungalow have done all they can to make it highly efficient and eco-friendly shortly after moving in in 2014. They've installed a high efficiency condensing boiler, and had their loft and wall cavity filled with insulation. The roof boasts 15 south facing solar PV panels with 3.9kW capacity while all windows are double glazed and the conservatory is used to help balance heat gain/loss. All electrical appliances are 'A' rated and lighting uses low energy bulbs, including some LEDs.

The garden is being redeveloped to be totally edible, using no dig techniques, and rainwater is collected for watering. In 2015 the couple were harvesting throughout the year from more than 80 edible plant species. The aim for 2016 is over 100 edibles grown in the garden, greenhouse and in the house conservatory. The owners also make their own compost, which is the best way to avoid unintentionally destroying fragile ecosystems by using bought peat-based compost - you can join the 'I don't dig peat' campaign via Garden Organic page.

Other sustainable lifestyle choices include recording energy and water use and using energy monitors. Daily energy use choices are made to phase cooking and washing etc. to maximise the use of solar PV panels.

The owners have taken part in several similar events before and are happy to share their experiences from this eco-refurbishment project as well as from their previous house.

GETTING THERE:
If you can, please walk, cycle - download York Cycle Map and find Anthea Drive near the Monks Cross Park & Ride label - or use bus no. 5, 12/14, 13 or 20 (Saturday only). i-Travel York can help you plan your  journey by any means. Street parking is available.

Location

2 Dalby Mead
York
YO31 9BH

View on map

Opening times

14 - 22 May 2016
SAT 14th & SUN 15th May
2pm-5pm

This event has now finished.

Just turn up

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