Older houses need help to become energy efficient

An eco-house which is 200 years old has managed to cut its carbon emissions by 60%, and is now is opening its doors in a bid to encourage many more homes to become energy efficient.

The house in Llanidloes, Powys, is owned by Mr Andy Warren and is part of a United Kingdom network of properties which have all been refurbished. A visit has been arranged by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) who are asking the Welsh Government to cut house emissions by 40% within the next decade. Many older houses, like Mr Warren’s house were built with little thought for insulation. His property which was built in the early 19th Century, when even household insurance was not needed, was transformed in the late 80s and had solar thermal panels added in the last few years. The house is part of a scheme called ‘Old Home Super Homes’ which is a jointly run project run by the SEA (Sustainable Energy Academy) charity and the NEA (National Energy Foundation). Mr Warren’s home is one of only two properties in Wales which met the criteria set.

Head of WWF Wales, Anne Meikle, said “The refurbishment of existing homes to tackle climate change is a key area for the next Welsh Assembly Government. WWF Wales is keen to demonstrate to politicians that through supporting energy efficiency measures clear gains can be made in terms of meeting their carbon reduction targets and through engaging with the public on this positive agenda. Its important homes are energy efficient for the good of the global environment, and without sounding dramatic it’s a matter of survival.”

Mr Warren has previously worked as an ecological builder and is unable to say how much all the work had cost had cost because he had done a lot of the work himself. He has managed a 60% cut in domestic emissions thanks to external insulation, secondary double glazing, installing solar thermal panels and using low energy lights.

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