Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

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Air Source Heat Pump Outside

Case Study – Air Source Heat Pump Installation – Chippenham April 2024

Zero Chippenham members Jan and Trevor describe their experience of an Air Source heat pump installation in their 1970s house in Chippenham.  The Myths Air Source Heat Pump? “It makes too much noise”, “It doesn’t keep you warm enough”, “it’s too expensive”. BUT it does take you away from fossil fuels for keeping your home warm and […]

Home Energy Workshop Photo Collage

Can you help us shape our next Home Energy workshop?

We had a fabulous Home Energy Workshop at Chippenham Town Hall earlier this month in association with the Centre for Sustainable Energy. We have funding to run more workshops and would like you to help us shape the next one. If you have the time to fill out our short survey below we’d be very […]

Home energy workshop

Free Home Energy Workshop Friday 8th March 2024 2pm – 4-30pm

Free Home Energy Workshop delivered by Zero Chippenham in association with the Centre for Sustainable Energy Join us for an exciting in-person event at the Town Hall, High Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire The two and a half hour session includes: Why energy is important How you can use less energy & save money Technologies for generating […]

Single Room MVHR

Can Single Room heat recovery and ventilation fix damp, condensation, and mould?

Our house is a 1930s built semi-detached on Langley Road, Chippenham. It has three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, all original 1930s size and layout. The smallest corner bedroom is not much bigger than a cupboard, consequently the only sensible bed layout was a bunk bed arrangement with a desk underneath. Whilst this makes great […]

Alpha Smile B3 Plus 5kWh AC Battery

Installing and living with an AC Battery

With the government announcing that VAT will be zero rated from February on retrofitted household electrical battery storage solutions, it seems an appropriate time to write up my own experience of retrofitting and living with an AC battery in our 1930s Chippenham house. Following an industry wide consultation in 2023 the UK government announced the […]

GSHP Savings

Installing a Ground Source Heat Pump – Wood Lane

The next stage in Adrian’s Wood Lane retrofit decarbonisation journey was to look at heating and hot water. This followed a process of insulating and draft proofing the house. Adrian looked in detail at the carbon savings using his free Gas/electricity SMART meter data, free Weather data, free Heat Pump Datasheet data, a spreadsheet, and […]

Air Source Heat Pump Outside

Living with an Air Source Heat Pump

Zero Chippenham member James Bradbury talks about his experience of installing and living with an Air Soured heat pump. James’ house is a 1980s standard Chippenham estate house with two minor extensions. It has cavity wall insulation. Introduction I’ve been seeing a lot of interest online about heat pumps and some confusion about what they […]

Chimney Sheep

Chimney Sheep – a low cost way to stop Chimney Draughts

Like many Chippenham residents our house on Langley Road was built in the 1930s and featured a fireplace in the front room. We hadn’t ever lit a real fire in the fire place, though as we could often hear the pigeons on top of the chimney from the living room, it seemed reasonably safe to […]

Solar Installation Wood Lane Chippenham

Solar PV Installation Wood Lane Chippenham

The next step on Adrian’s Wood Lane Net Zero journey was to install solar panels on his house roof. Typically a fabric first approach would be the logical next step through installation of loft insulation, draught exclusion etc. But there’s nothing to stop you installing solar panels at any point in your net zero journey. […]

Financial help for home insulation and heating

Where to find financial help with heating and insulation in Chippenham?

Finding help and funding for energy efficiency can often be bewildering. There is a lot of financial help available for home insulation, heating, and energy efficiency home improvements, much of it free or subsidised. But knowing what is genuine and fear of being victim of a potential scam prevents many of us from accessing the […]