Probably the UK’s oldest eco-home at is set to open its doors to the public in order to encourage more people to make their homes greener. The 200-year-old property in Llanidloes in Powys, Wales has cut its carbon emissions by 60 per cent and is part of a network of homes that have been refurbished all over the UK.
Most home’s as old as this were not built with insulation in mind but the owner, Andy Warren, began transforming his early 19th century home in the 1980s and has recently added solar panels. The improvements are part of the Old Home Super Homes project run by a charity called the Sustainable Energy Academy and the National Energy Foundation. Mr Warren’s home is one of only 200 properties that meet the scheme’s criteria and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have organised a visit and are urging the Welsh Government to cut household emissions by 40 per cent by 2020.
Anne Meikle, Head of WWF stated:
"The refurbishment of existing homes to tackle climate change is a key area for the next Welsh Assembly Government.
"WWF Cymru is keen to demonstrate to politicians that through supporting energy efficiency measures clear gains can be made in terms of meeting their carbon reduction targets and through engaging with the public on this positive agenda."
Mr Warren is a green design enthusiast and as worked as an eco-builder and design consultant and also acts as an adviser on energy efficiency and renewable energy and has kept track of how much all the improvements have cost. Through his efforts, he has cut household emissions by 60 per cent through installing external insulation, further double glazing, solar panels, energy efficient lights and a wood pellet stove and boiler.
On his improvements and the environment, Mr Warren said:
"It's important homes are energy efficient for the good of the global environment, and without sounding dramatic it's a matter of survival," he said.
"New homes have cavity wall insulation as a matter of course, but older properties have solid walls and I've managed to externally insulate about 70% of my walls."