Save Energy – Save Money

With temperatures dropping it is time for many to think about reducing
Winter fuel bills. Transition Wilmslow is offering a free survey to any
householder in the local area to assess the heat loss from their home. With
the use of a thermal camera hot and cold spots can be identified and advice
will be given on how energy can be saved. Often quite simple, low-cost
remedies can be applied. This is a way to reduce your fuel bills, keep your
home warmer and to do your bit for the environment. Over the past few
winters over a hundred local dwellings have been checked with real success.

If you would like to have your house assessed by a team from the Transition
Wilmslow Energy Group then please contact Ali Berry on 07887 425387, email:
transitionwilmslow@gmail.com to make an appointment. We are confident that
you will find it worthwhile.

Energy Surveys

thermal image picture house outside

Would your house look like this from the outside? If it was cold outside the house, and warm inside, and you had a thermal imaging camera to take the picture, you would be worried. Why? Because the red is heat escaping, and it is obvious that some of this house does not have cavity wall insulation, and the windows are leaking heat too (even though they are double glazed). This is in fact a very old Wilmslow house on the left with a modern extension that has been insulated.

Transition Wilmslow wants to reduce our carbon emissions and save money in the process for everyone. Over the past 3 years, they have surveyed 150 Wilmslow and Handforth houses, and saved lots of money for people.

What can you learn from an energy survey? Andrew Backhouse, from Transition Wilmslow said:

“One house surveyed by Chris Daniel in the last two weeks should halve its energy bills thanks to his visit – whilst we don’t promise that for everyone, there are always tricks you can learn. Hanging washing outside and drawing curtains can make quite a difference, let alone insulating the walls and floors!”

If you’d like to have your house surveyed with a thermal imaging camera and learn how you could save money, or you’d like to learn how to survey houses give Ali Berry a ring on 07887 425387. Or fill out your name and email on the contact form and we will get in touch.

Thanks to help from Wilmslow Town Council, Transition Wilmslow is able to offer this service again this winter.

Green Doors

Green Doors event from Transition Wilmslow

We have all enjoyed open garden events, or heritage open days, but what about an opportunity to see some ordinary houses that have been worked on to save their heating and gas bills?

After Transition Wilmslow’s thermal imaging surveys of houses across the area in the spring, we have at least 6 houses opening their doors on Saturday September 22nd to give you a chance to see what anyone might do in their house and garden to save money, energy, and perhaps the planet too.

There is nothing like being able to ask questions from someone local who has had to deal with increased gas and electricity costs, or wants to make greener electricity and some money in to the bargain, without talking to sales people.

Andrew Backhouse, an owner of one of the houses being opened says

“There is nothing more interesting than seeing what other people are doing and comparing notes. We hope that opening our house up will get more people see things they can do to save money too. It would be great if we could help reduce Wilmslow’s energy consumption – one of the highest in the country.”

None of the houses on show is perfect, and we have a range of houses and types to give you something to think about, and perhaps get more people in the Wilmslow area to save more money in easy ways. Many of the houses have vegetable plots – and some have chickens too.

What will be open?

From 11-1pm, Geoff Levermore will open his detached house at 20 Grange Park Avenue, Wilmslow to show people what he has learnt from solar hot water and electricity.

From 11-1.30pm

Joy and Luigi Pagano on 50 Sagars Road, Handforth will welcome those who want to learn of their experiences with solar hot water and electricity. What’s been the benefit and things they have learnt from fitting things on the roof of their bungalow?

At the same time, Andrew Backhouse and Frances Hill at 31 Vale Head, Handforth, will also be open to visitors. This is a 5 bedroomed 60’s end of terrace house and what seems to be one of the cheapest houses to run in Wilmslow. Wood burning stove and boiler, solar hot water, lots of insulation, and some simple things anyone can do.

From 1-4pm:

Garry and Amanda Olson, 27 Strawberry Lane, Wilmslow – a 60’s semi with solar electricity, wood burning stove, and vegetable garden with chickens.

Pippa and Anthony Jones, 4 Fulshaw Ave, Wilmslow, – a Victorian semidetached house with some clever blinds, solar hot water and electricity, and another vegetable garden with chickens.

And Chris and Philippa Frankland, Hillside Cottage, Mill Lane, Ashley will open up their award winning offices to see what can be done with local wood and reclaimed products.