1 - 9 Oct 2022
Sunday 3 October, 11.00-17.00
Limited on-street parking. Turn into Hollow Way from Sea Road South, take 2nd right into Westown, Rydens is last but one house.
Just turn up
Rydens is a detached house built in the 1930s. When Dave and Anne moved in they removed the Aga because it used so much energy, replacing it with an efficient condensing boiler.
They fitted solar thermal and solar PV panels before Feed-In- Tariffs and RHI grants were available, and this has since been supplemented by further PV panels on the garage. Next was cavity wall insulation and double glazing, and a woodburner (double-sided), which heats both the sitting room and the hall. To prevent unecessary heat going up the stairwell they have a heavy draughtproofing curtain which is kept closed in winter. The conservatory provides natural solar gain while the porch cuts down on draughts from the front door. This attention to detail results in very low energy bills
Dave and Anne are very conscious of the need to reduce waste, and they are experts on living on a tight budget with water-saving, waste-reduction and recycling as lifestyle choices. Rainwater is collected and used in the permaculture/organic vegetable garden. Any waste food is fed to the chickens.
Journeys into the centre of Bridport are mostly made on electric bikes or on foot.
The Dave and Anne made a video in 2013 for West Dorset EcoHomes with Ali Cameron and Pete West, which can be viewed here .