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05 January 2007

Reducing your energy footprint - preview

Anne Brewer of Dorking Meeting writes from her experience at home

Both satisfaction and frustration have accompanied our efforts to reduce our household's energy footprint – the impact on the planet, including contribution to climate change, of our energy use for heating, lighting and appliances
  • We began our efforts in 1975 and, spurred on by the increasing problems facing our planet, have kept going
  • The financial cost has been quite high but we have saved by living simply and been lucky to have two small legacies to help out

  • Insulating your home is a good start and our first steps were installing rockwool cavity wall insulation and three inches of attic insulation
  • Now, belatedly keeping up with recommendations, we're adding another five inches using Warmcel (made from recycled newspaper!)
  • Ten inches is ideal but we use our loft for storage and with joists only four inches high raising insulation to eight inches involved much time-consuming DIY! We draught-proofed everything we could and in 2002 installed double-glazed windows with FSC wood frames from Green Building Store – we try to minimise the environmental impacts of the energy-saving products that we use

  • Anne Brewer

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