Several years ago, Ray built a large extension to the house which allowed for the addition of a holiday flat and workshop space for his project work. The target was comfortable living alongside high efficiency. He chose high thermal standards for the thermal block walls and Argon filled double glazing with low-E glass. The holiday flat upstairs is so well insulated that it only requires 1kW to heat it on the coldest days. A 35kW wood pellet boiler with hot water storage tank warms the house, and a system to divert excess generated electricity to heat water (eddi) is fitted.
Ray is an electrical engineer and inventor, developing energy-saving technology with his company.
Ray is full of ideas and a font of knowledge about ways of reducing energy loss and of generating electricity. He has detailed figures of the savings achieved in ten years of photovoltaic panels and seven years of a wood pellet boiler.
Prior to the installation of the wood pellet boiler, he had used two generations of air source heat pumps.
Current project is the inclusion of a return to old technology in the form of the woodburner used to heat the living room now having a useful back boiler element.
The current amount of information available on the best way to use energy and fuels domestically is vast and somewhat overwhelming. Ray is trying to de-mystify this information to get down to the bare facts so that a true analysis on the best way forward can be made. Into the mix now is battery storage which allows much better use of solar panel energy. Also, the opportunity of direct sale of your electricity for a better price is coming more to the forefront. These are among the topics open for discussion when you visit.
Ample parking available in driveway and refreshments will be available