** If you join one of the TTog groups you will have the opportunity of borrowing a low energy light bulb library that you can try out at home. We are very grateful for the lightbulb library supplied by DC Lighting – lights for houses. DC Lighting stocks many of the energy saving light bulbs you need.
** We have energy monitors that you can borrow for a while to see where your money is actually going. We have monitors you can use to find out how much energy an individual appliance uses, and monitors that monitor the entire house’ use of electricity. (The second kind don’t work so well if you have solar PV panels because they can’t tell which way the current is flowing!)
Some householders have saved up to 25% on their electricity bills by using energy monitors. But the actual amount you save will depend upon how conscientious you are in using the monitors and then taking action. Turn off lights when you leave a room empty, turn off the TV rather than leave it on stand-by……. We all know the theory, but can we remember to do it?
We would like to thank Didcot Power Stations for the funding has allowed us to buy some new meters.
** Members of Sustainable Blewbury are available to give you help, advice and encouragement (if needed!)
** You will have priority on the Thermal Imaging programme we hope to run again next winter. We have to say hope to run because it will depend on the weather being cold enough at the time we can borrow a thermal imaging camera from VWHDC. The image to the left is typical. The colours show the temperature at various points on the outside of the house. You can see that more heat is lost through the window than the walls, even although it is double glazed.
But the important feature of this image is the yellow and green grid showing under the window. This part of the wall is not rendered breeze block; it is cladding on a wooden grid (a design feature of the house), and what you can see is the heat wasted by the radiator under the window. It shows occupier can save energy and money by lining the wall behind the radiator with radiator reflective foil.