Dorset Greener Homes

25 Sep - 3 Oct 2021

1 Dewey's Place, Donhead St Mary

Energy-saving 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: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

1 Deweys Place
Donhead St. Mary
Shaftesbury
Wiltshire
SP7 9LW

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Opening times

25 Sep - 3 Oct 2021
Saturday 2 Oct 10.00-12.30, 2.30-5.00

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Built in 2004, this detached three-bedroom house was heated with an oil fired boiler and had cheap softwood windows, installed by the developer. The front faces North, and the South aspect is shaded by the next door house, meaning that with little or no solar gain, the property was always cold. Over the years we have converted the loft, installing a good quantity of windows to let the light and sun in, added solar PV panels, an air source heat pump and new windows.

We have an electric car and try to cycle as much as possible for local errands. The garden is pretty wild, which the insects seem to like. Being ‘bad birdwatchers’ we try to encourage the birdlife. The swallow box is inhabited by jackdaws and the swifts have scorned our deluxe boxes in favour of alternative accommodation across the street. The house martins have regularly nested under the north facing eaves, but sadly the swallows that used to next in the car port have been absent for several years now. Despite the small garden, we even had a pair of wood pigeons rear two broods this summer.

We obtain our electricity from a Wiltshire based 100% renewable energy supplier.

Apologies, but there is no wheelchair access to the house itself, but this can be arranged to the garden. Please note that there are steps to enter and exit 

Location

1 Deweys Place
Donhead St. Mary
Shaftesbury
Wiltshire
SP7 9LW

View on map

Opening times

25 Sep - 3 Oct 2021
Saturday 2 Oct 10.00-12.30, 2.30-5.00

This event has now finished.

Just turn up

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