Greenwich Council has refurbished a two-bedroom house in Plumstead to showcase some of the most up-to-date methods of saving energy.
The Council deliberately selected an existing 80-year-old home, rather than a new-build property, to show that bringing an existing home up to good environmental standards need not cost a lot.
A £50,000 grant, from the Thames Gateway London Partnerships (Action for Excellence programme), has enabled Greenwich to turn the empty Plumstead house into a model of excellence with the smallest possible carbon footprint.
Some features of the Eco House include:
- cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and dry lining – all designed to keep the warmth in, and made of ‘green’ materials wherever possible
- energy-efficient central heating installed with an ‘A’ rated condensing combination boiler and inexpensive radiator panels
- eco-organic paints throughout
- low-energy light fittings, energy-efficient oven, fridge and washing machine, water-saving taps
- shower and low-flush toilet
- disabled access at front and rear
- removable 20-litre recycling bins built into kitchen units – with flaps in the kitchen work surface leading directly to the bins
- dining room big enough to work from home
- cycle shed
- water butt.
You can also learn about:
- home insulation
- gauges to check your power usage
- sustainable cleaning products
- where to buy Fair Trade drinks and groceries
- and ‘green’ ways of travelling.
See this link for visiting details.