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Ex holiday cottage as new family home.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the outside air was only 6 degrees during a recent night.
The property is reasonably well insulated, which helps to retain heat, but you have to have some heat in the first place.

I suspect that the considerable thermal mass will slowly warm up.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our thermal mass is warm, still, from the summer despite having had windows open for the painters for the last week.

We've got them open again today as its just over 22 outside and just over 21 inside,
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
adam2 wrote:
...Heating works fine, whether by luck or design I know not ! With a modest fire in the stove, the main living area reaches an average of 22 degrees and the upstairs about 20 degrees.
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Heating? Already?

Southerners Laughing

But to be fair, they'll want to test it befor the Big Freeze.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Overnight frost recently.
Heating OK, space temperatures about 20 to 22 degrees with a decent fire.

Pv modules seem fine despite a suspiciously low price. One charge controller has blown up, it actually caught fire which could have ended very badly, but it was on a concrete wall.

A large Rutland wind turbine is doing well.

Lighting was initially judged inadequate, but the fitting of multi-lamp chandeliers in the main living room has helped, selective switching gives a choice of 3 lighting levels.
Various 13 watt fluorescent lights replaced with 36 watt.

The garden is still full of rocks and gravel and will require a lot of work.

The younger children seem happier after not taking to the new arrangements at first.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've only had one fire in the living room so far this autumn. We do have the cooker/boiler on for about a couple of hours one or two days a week to top up the temperature in the hot water tank but that doesn't contribute much heat to the house.

Our house isn't that well insulated with a wall U-value of about 0.6 but we do have thermal mass and south facing french doors. That house doesn't seen to be doing that well on the heating front, Adam.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is not ideal, but is in a very exposed position and is a very large house.
5 large bedrooms, large study/library/spare bedroom.
Generous open plan kitchen and living area, and separate large utility room.

The only readily rectified sources of heat loss seem to be the front door and the patio doors. renewals are planned.

The main fuel used at present is artificial logs, and small oak logs.

The children frequently request more fuel on the fire "because the cats are cold" Even I as a cat lover, have suggested not pandering too much. The cats are large happy, well fed, and have thick coats.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.......The main fuel used at present is artificial logs, and small oak logs.

The children frequently request more fuel on the fire "because the cats are cold" Even I as a cat lover, have suggested not pandering too much. The cats are large happy, well fed, and have thick coats.


That child psychology for "I want anther log on the fire." Surprised anyone would fall for that!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree, I doubt that the cats are actually cold, they are well fed and have good coats (I helped to choose the cats from a charity, they are re-domesticated from a feral colony)

I Recently visited and found the temperatures much improved.
Consumption of artificial logs has been around 20 kg a day, which probably equates to about 25 kg of real wood as the artificial logs are said to have a higher calorific value.

The main living area varies from 20 degrees up to 24 degrees depending on where measured.
Bedrooms are about 21 degrees.
The study and library is about 12 degrees and too cold to use without lighting the open fire.

LPG consumption is about 2kg a day so far, mainly for cooking and a gas heater in the bathroom.
Numerous LPG lights are installed but are not normally used, apart from the kitchen one that is lit if eating in the kitchen.

The battery charging PV installation is doing well.

Diesel consumption for the generator is only about 10 litres a week, and will decline in the spring.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update.
The Rutland wind turbines have performed excellently in the recent high winds, producing close to the rated power for 2 days continually.

Diesel generator use much reduced.

LPG use reduced by a couple of electric towel rails in the bathroom. The LPG lights in the kitchen are still preferred over the electric lights when eating in the kitchen.

Several neighbours suffered damage from the high winds, but my friends have escaped unscathed.
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