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Eco features to install in your home

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Published on Jul 17, 2009

http://www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/en/...

Discover the best eco features to install in your new home in this video from Homebuilding & Renovating's eco-expert Tim Pullen.

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Tim Pullen
People still come to me saying I want a wind turbine and in five years as an independent consultant Ive put in three. I dont know how many clients I have each year, probably seventy or eighty a year, and three of them have had the right conditions. Its really quite a rarity for a wind turbine. The next most popular is a heat pump. Generally a heat pump can be fitted for the vast majority of people, but what were actually doing there is actually starting at the wrong end. I was with a client the other day, on Tuesday, who wanted to generate all their electricity. When I went through their figures (it was a house in London), theyre actually consuming about five times the national average for electricity. Five times!

Jason Orme
Is this because its an old building?

Tim Pullen
Its an old building and entirely light with halogens, it has various other features which consume electricity. The heating is rubbish so theyre using an electric fan and halogen heaters to warm up rooms because theyve got very old fashioned radiators. So theyre eating up boat loads of electricity. So what weve got to do first, is get that under control.

Jason Orme
This is the belt and braces approach isnt it. Reduce your energy consumption and then you can think the generation.

Tim Pullen
Then invest in the generation. What were talking about, to generate 28,000kWh of electricity per year, were talking about spending probably about £100,000. So we spend £10,000 sorting out their heating system and lighting. That gets their energy consumption down to around 7,000kWh per year and then we maybe spend £20,000 on putting that right. So its attacking the problem for the right aim. Actually thats what I do is to solve peoples confusion. Your question was, are people confused.

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