Bishopston EcoWalk, Thursday 27th May

You’re invited to our next event, a walk on Thursday 27th May at 7 PM visiting several members’ homes to see various measures that they’ve taken to reduce their environmental impact. This will include various solar energy installations, various forms of insulation and draft-proofing, very low energy LED lighting (used as a plug-in replacement for very high energy halogen down-lighters) and more.

If you’re new to energy saving in the home, this will be an introduction to the kind of things that other people are doing. If you know lots about it already, this will be a chance to talk to people who’ve already done it and find out their practical experience in houses typical of Bishopston and with local and national suppliers. Expect honest opinions that you might not get from talking to sales people. Solar energy will be of particular interest to many people, with the recently introduced feed-in tariffs and the proposed renewable heat incentive.

We need to have an idea of numbers in advance – if the group is too large to be practical then we’ll split into two groups and visit homes in rotation. If you’re planning to come please let me know by using the contact form or email We’ll let you know where to meet on the night.

We’ll meet  at 7 PM and we expect to finish at around 9 PM, at which point we’ll adjourn to somewhere for drinks and chat.

Please be aware that a few members have generously offered to open their homes for this event, please take care and if it’s raining please be prepared to leave wet footwear, brollys and coats in the porch.

There’s still scope to add one or two more houses to the evening programme – if you have something to show and you’re interested in participating please get in touch with us ASAP using the contact form or email I’m particularly keen to hear from anybody using wind power, a heat pump (ground or air source), heat-recovery mechanical ventilation, sustainable biomass (efficient and smokeless-zone compliant, maybe automated feed, not just a fire-place), a thermal store (probably in conjunction with solar / ground source / biomass heat generation), mass rainwater storage (for use inside the house – not just garden water butts), a green roof, etc.

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